JRN526 Research, writing and reporting for journalism (16)

This subject introduces students to the fundamentals of journalism practice for all media forms including
the conception, planning and conduct of research in journalism, news and feature writing styles, journalism-specific legal and ethical requirements and publication and presentation of journalism. Students develop critical thinking, reflective and analytic skills through authentic tasks and the study and observation of contemporary journalism practice.


Session 1 (30)
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: JRN526. 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

Enrolment Restrictions

Postgraduate students

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to critically analyse and synthesise knowledge of theory and practice in relation to contemporary journalism practice.
  • be able to undertake simple and complex research for journalism and transfer knowledge and ideas to audiences
  • be able to interpret and apply legal and ethical knowledge applicable to journalistic practice
  • be able to contextualise and apply a range of journalism writing styles across varied media platforms
  • be able to contextualise and apply a range of journalism publication and presentation styles across


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • theoretical underpinnings of contemporary journalism practice
  • research strategies for the sourcing of information for journalism
  • journalistic writing styles for all media platforms
  • legal and ethical frameworks for journalism
  • production and presentation of journalism for all media platforms

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of JRN526 in Session 1 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 %
Discussion board posts
Research feature package

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.