JRN322 Beyond News: Longform Journalism (8)

This subject will enable students to understand the investigative, content and structural expectations of journalism created in non-news forms. Through creation of longform, feature, documentary and/or narrative journalism, students will develop skills to make in-depth, engaging, narrative-driven reportage for contemporary audiences.

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

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: JRN322. 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

JRN200 and JRN205 or JRN207

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to critically examine the characteristics that distinguish 'non-news' journalism from 'news' formats
  • be able to apply different styles of longform journalism to reporting practice
  • be able to investigate for and create reporting content of substance, depth and breadth across the range of major media platforms
  • be able to apply narrative principles to in-depth and longform journalism
  • be able to apply journalism longform narrative techniques to incorporate visual and audio elements in the creation of rich media content


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Journalism of breadth and depth across platforms: contemporary and historical examples of good practice
  • Analysis and critique, using key literary, writing and film theory and contemporary practice to explain the purposes and power of sustainably engaging journalism forms
  • Principles of narrative and story-telling applicable to feature, documentary, current affairs and book-length journalism
  • Methods and format conventions for creating engaging longform reporting across major publishing platforms
  • Application of investigative and other modes of inquiry for creating reporting content of substance, depth and breadth
  • Longform storytelling techniques incorporating vision and sound


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.