JRN225 The Specialist Reporter (8)

This subject extends students story gathering, writing and investigative skills from their application in general news storytelling to the preparation and presentation of stories using specialist content. Students develop specialisations (including rounds), generate and frame stories within their specialist areas, and convert specialist knowledge into information accessible to general audiences.

Subject Outlines
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Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: JRN225. 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

Assumed Knowledge


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to identify and discuss the factors underlying the rising importance of specialist reporting;
  • be able to implement investigative and reporting specialties including rounds;
  • be able to evaluate and apply news values in framing stories using specialist content;
  • be able to process specialist content for specialist and general audiences; and
  • be able to produce and publish complex stories for a variety of media platforms.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • The rise of speciality journalism
  • Sources, contacts and building a specialist round
  • Identifying and framing stories
  • Use of investigative techniques in specialist reporting
  • Writing complex stories
  • The range of destinations for specialist reporting


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.