JRN200 Convergent Storytelling (8)

Convergent journalism is the coming together of previously separate media into one integrated form. In this subject students will use visual and audio capture techniques along with research, interview and writing skills to tell web-based stories that combine text with video and other media.


Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Bathurst Campus
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: JRN200. 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

It is assumed students have some familiarity with basic audio and visual material collection equivalent to that gained in COM127 Introduction to Media Production.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to reflect on the role of story in convergent journalism practice;
  • be able to discuss forms and uses of images and audio in journalistic storytelling across all media;
  • be able to communicate original information using audio-visual storytelling;
  • be able to apply the journalist's voice and on-camera performance for all media involving audio and/or visual reportage; and
  • be able to disseminate journalistic content online with an emphasis on image and audio storytelling.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • The use of images and audio in journalistic storytelling across delivery platforms
  • Critical frameworks and theory for analysing this area of contemporary journalism practice
  • Industry conventions, formats and methods for gathering and writing journalistic content using visual, audio, textual and vocal content
  • Professional on-camera and vocal presentation and performance for delivering journalism to listening and viewing audiences
  • Methods for developing an industry standard, professional broadcasting voice
  • Reflection strategies
  • Creating, compiling and disseminating audio-visual reportage in news and information programs
  • Basic principles of web page design and content management

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of JRN200 in Session 2 2020. 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 %
History video story
Convergent research story

Special Resources

The subject is designed so that it can be completed using smartphones for audio and video capture. Additional equipment needs include simple external microphones and basic selfie stick/tripods (as a minimum) for smartphones. Audio and video editing can be done either on a computer or smartphone apps. On campus students can access equipment from the School of Communication and Creative Industries lending facilities if need be. Distance students will need access to equipment as described, or equivalent.

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.