JRN215 Reporting (16)

This subject develops the basic news writing skills introduced in JRN101 into more sophisticated reporting skills. Students receive instruction in how to generate story ideas, gather information, frame stories and prepare news packages. Interviewing and inter-personal skills are emphasised. In view of the increasing convergence of media organisations, students undertake their training in both broadcast and print reporting, and are rostered onto the daily news output of the Community Broadcast Association of Australia's National Radio News Network and local news and current affairs for 2MCE-FM. They also produce online content.

Subject Outlines
Current CSU students can view Subject Outlines for recent sessions. Please note that Subject Outlines and assessment tasks are updated each session.

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2018.

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

Enrolment Restrictions

Bachelor of Arts (Communication-Journalism) Bachelor of Sports Studies/Bachelor of Arts (Communication-Journalism)



Subject Relationships

JRN202 The content of this subject has been incorporated into JRN215.
JRN201 The content of this subject has been absorbed into JRN215. JRN201 will continue to be offered as an elective in the Bachelor of Media Communication course and the Bachelor of Arts (Public Relations & Organisational Communication) course.

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to generate story ideas for print and broadcast media
  • be able to demonstrate reporting skills for both print and broadcast news
  • be able to apply professional standards of behaviour to interpersonal communication and with respect to accuracy, impartiality and working to deadlines
  • demonstrate a working knowledge of a digital radio studio and field recording equipment
  • be able to produce story packages for print and broadcast media
  • be able to demonstrate proficiency in subediting skills
  • be able to work under pressure
  • demonstrate a developed understanding of legal and ethical issues in the media


This subject will cover the following topics:

- story generation, research, story gathering - reporting techniques (broadcast and print) - radio studio and sound recording equipment - basic reporting online - sub-editing - radio voice reports - interviewing for print and for radio news and public affairs - writing under pressure - simulated professional practice - court reporting - ethics, media law and professional responsibilities


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.