JRN322 Longform Journalism (8)

This subject will enable students to understand the investigative, content and structural expectations of journalism created in 'non-news' forms. Through creation of longform, feature, documentary and/or narrative journalism, students will develop skills to make in-depth, engaging, story-driven reportage for contemporary audiences.


Session 2 (60)
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: JRN322. 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

This subject assumes students have completed basic journalism skills subjects such as JRN112 and JRN102. 

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to identify and explain the differences between news journalism and longform;
  • be able to analyse and evaluate examples of longform journalism;
  • be able to apply project planning principles to a work of longform journalism; and
  • be able to apply principles of storytelling, visualisation and structure in the creation of longform journalism.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Methods and conventions for creating engaging longform reporting across major publishing platforms
  • Contemporary and historical practice
  • Principles of narrative and storytelling applicable to feature, documentary, current affairs journalism
  • Who is your audience, engaging audience
  • Planning longform projects
  • Investigation and information gathering for audio-visual and other longform storytelling
  • Structure
  • Visualisation
  • Literary and cinematic contributions to creating engaging journalism
  • Drafting, editing and proofreading

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of JRN322 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 %
Longform progress report
Longform storytelling project

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.