JRN318 Cross-Platform Journalism: Multimedia Newsroom (8)

This subject's activities and assessments emphasise cross-platform journalism, which includes text, photos, video, audio and social media news generation and production. Students learn about social media news gathering and dissemination, and participate in a news gathering simulation. Platforms for student work include an audience-focused website and social media platforms, and radio outlets for local news. Students assemble, curate and distribute content and take responsibility for engaging audiences on web and social platforms.


Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Bathurst Campus
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: JRN318. 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


JRN101 and JRN200

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to produce content for multiplatform delivery;
  • be able to apply media law to journalistic practice;
  • be able to curate, edit, assemble and distribute journalistic content across platforms;
  • be able to use social media, web and social analytics to engage online audiences;
  • be able to work competently in teams; and
  • be able to apply critical thinking and problem-solving abilities to real-time news and feature production.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Roles of editors, producers, and subeditors in program/publication production
  • Role and function of editorial meetings
  • Story selection, hierarchy and placement in television and radio bulletins and programs/print and online publications
  • Print and online layout and design
  • Subediting
  • Audio and visual producing
  • Editorial judgement
  • Social media and web distribution and analytics
  • Media law: courts, hate laws, defamation

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of JRN318 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 %
Social media and journalism
Media law and court reporting
Curation and reflection

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 work remotely into the campus newsroom or 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: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.