JRN522 Specialist Reporting (16)

This subject extends students writing and reporting skills to cover a specialised news "round". Students exercise and develop their skills in news judgement, investigative reporting, feature writing and sub-editing through focused coverage of a chosen field. Students may complete an industry internship as part of this subject, or explore equivalent opportunities for self-publication or freelance reporting.

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

Postgraduate students.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the need to develop and maintain contacts as part of the newsgathering process
  • be able to demonstrate an ability to develop, research and write investigative stories within a specialised news round
  • be able to demonstrate a high level of news judgement
  • be able to demonstrate skills in subediting
  • be able to demonstrate skills in feature writing for print media, or the equivalent in other media forms as approved by the subject coordinator
  • be able to find an industry placement (voluntary internship) or opportunities for selfpublication or freelance reporting.


This subject will cover the following topics:

- establishing and maintaining a news round
- investigative journalism
- developing and maintaining news contacts
- feature writing
- sub-editing
- opportunities for industry placements, self-publication or freelance reporting.

Workplace Learning

This subject contains a 10 days Compulsory Workplace Learning component.

Students in this Masters level subject are required to either undertake a minimum 10 days of workplace learning in a news media organisation or undertaken freelance journalism/self published journalism.


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.