JRN101 News Gathering and Writing (8)

This subject introduces students to the fundamentals of news reporting practice. It examines basic techniques of information gathering, story construction and core journalistic writing skills appropriate to a variety of media platforms. The subject introduces students to the basic skills required to undertake journalistic practice. 


Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Bathurst Campus
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: JRN101. 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

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to generate ideas and gather information for basic news stories;
  • be able to apply news values in framing stories;
  • be able to use correct grammar and plain English in written work;
  • be able to write basic news stories; and
  • be able to identify and define basic tenets of media law.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • What is news?
  • The notion of story
  • Basic news structure
  • Incorporating other 'voices'
  • Accuracy, reliability, concision
  • 'Hard' news and 'soft' news
  • Interviewing
  • Framing stories
  • Editorial conferencing


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The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2019. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.