JRN526 Research, writing and reporting for journalism (16)

This subject introduces students to the fundamentals of journalism practice for all media forms including
the conception, planning and conduct of research in journalism, news and feature writing styles, journalism-specific legal and ethical requirements and publication and presentation of journalism. Students develop critical thinking, reflective and analytic skills through authentic tasks and the study and observation of contemporary journalism practice.

Subject Outlines
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Session 2 (60)
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: JRN526. 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 critically analyse and synthesise knowledge of theory and practice in relation to contemporary journalism practice.
  • be able to undertake simple and complex research for journalism and transfer knowledge and ideas to audiences
  • be able to interpret and apply legal and ethical knowledge applicable to journalistic practice
  • be able to contextualise and apply a range of journalism writing styles across varied media platforms
  • be able to contextualise and apply a range of journalism publication and presentation styles across


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • theoretical underpinnings of contemporary journalism practice
  • research strategies for the sourcing of information for journalism
  • journalistic writing styles for all media platforms
  • legal and ethical frameworks for journalism
  • production and presentation of journalism for all media platforms


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.