JRN102 Audio/Radio Journalism: Local Newsroom (8)

This subject introduces students to radio news production and the styles and techniques used in producing radio news. Basic radio reporting skills are covered, from synthesising information to writing news copy, through to soundbite selection, newsroom software and mic technique. Students are introduced to authentic newsroom spaces, work practices and experiences.


Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Bathurst Campus
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: JRN102. 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

COM127 Introduction to Media Production

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • understand the radio landscape and its reliance on information programming;
  • be able to generate ideas and gather information for basic radio news stories;
  • be able to evaluate and apply news values in framing stories;
  • be able to demonstrate basic voice skills in radio broadcasting; and
  • be able to write basic news stories for radio/audio platforms.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Radio and its role within the media
  • Information programming on radio
  • Radio news journalism and story types
  • The difference between stories and topics
  • Voice and reading copy
  • Newsroom practices, technology and processes
  • Using audio recorders for interviews
  • Natural sound
  • Using music and audio stock files
  • Podcasting, radio and online news

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of JRN102 in Session 2 2019. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Weekly tasks and test
Audio packages and talking newspaper
Advanced audio packages

Special Resources

This subject requires access to specialist recording equipment and studio facilities. On campus students can access these facilities in the School of Communication and Creative Industries authentic learning spaces. Distance students will either need to access the equipment through a proximate community or commercial radio station or purchase suitable equipment for their home.

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: July 2020. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.