JRN112 Journalism in Society (8)

This subject introduces students to journalism. It examines journalism's evolving role in society and contemporary challenges to journalism as an industry and a profession.

Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Bathurst Campus
Bathurst Campus
Session 3 (90)
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: JRN112. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Communication and Creative Industries

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to describe journalism in society in historical and contemporary contexts
  • be able to discuss the practice and activities employed by journalists in carrying out their social role
  • be able to reflect upon the impact of technology on journalism
  • be able to connect literature and other interpretations of journalism with examples of practice


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Who is a journalist, what is a journalist?
  • Journalism in society
  • Introduction to theory of journalism
  • The relationship between theory and practice
  • The contemporary journalism environment
  • Introduction to ethical issues affecting journalism
  • Reflection strategies


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or ask@csu.edu.au or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.