JRN527 Journalism Cultures and Practice (16)

This subject explores historical, cross-cultural, Indigenous and ethical contexts of journalism practice. It develops students' cognitive skills in analysing and synthesising theoretical frameworks surrounding the four content fields and their translation into practice. The subject develops high level evaluation and judgement-making skills in regard to cultural and ethical issues that arise in contemporary journalism. A reflective analysis undertaken during an internship, workplace setting or other industry evaluation enables further interrogation of theory in relation to practice.


Session 2 (60)
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: JRN527. 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

Only available to Master of Communication (Journalism) and Graduate Certificate in Communication (Journalism) students.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to analyse and demonstrate a specialised knowledge of the history of journalism
  • be able to analyse and demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of complex cross-cultural issues impacting on journalistic practice
  • be able to analyse and demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of the complexities of Indigenous portrayal and representation in journalism
  • be able to synthesise theoretical foundations of ethical principles and interpret this theory in regard to professional ethical codes and ethical conflicts and dilemmas that arise in journalism
  • be able to contextualise theory to practice through an internship or other workplace related activity


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • theoretical interpretations of journalism and its historical and contemporary role in society
  • cross-cultural issues in journalism
  • representation and protrayal of Indigenous people in journalism
  • journalism ethics and codes
  • Reflective practice in contemproary journalism

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of JRN527 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 %
Essay 1
Essay 2

Workplace Learning

This subject contains a 10 days Compulsory Workplace Learning component.

Students are required to undertake a reflective analysis of journalism practice either through a journalism internship of a minimum of 10 days; from within a workplace whose primary operation is journalism or through an industry evalaution (in consultation with their lecturer). This workplace component is designed to enable students to link theory from subject materials to industry practice. 

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.