Courses & Units

News and Journalism HEJ113


From the newsroom to the live stream, the news industry combines top-level communication skills with the ability to evaluate and synthesise knowledge for large audiences. In this unit, students are introduced to both the theoretical and practical dimensions of the news industry. Students are introduced to media research methods, and will build an understanding of the local, national and global contexts of news media and its connection to politics and society. They are also introduced to the craft of news writing, including research and interviewing, to produce news stories for various platforms. At the end of the unit, students will have developed an understanding of news as practice and production.


Unit name News and Journalism
Unit code HEJ113
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Creative Arts and Media
Discipline Media
Coordinator Linda Hunt
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 22/7/2024 16/8/2024 9/9/2024 27/10/2024

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2024 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2024 will be available from the 1st October 2023. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Explain key concepts and debates in journalism and media studies
  • Analyse news media texts from local and global perspectives
  • Apply journalistic techniques and conventions, such as research, interviewing and verification, to write or produce ethical and creative news content
  • Synthesise analytical and research skills to articulate the functions of news media in society from local and global perspectives

Fee Information

The 2024 Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) rates are still being finalised by the Government and we will update the domestic fee information as soon as we have more details.


Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:

HEJ255 News Contemporary Practice and Analysis AND HEJ355 News Contemporary Practice and Analysis


Teaching Pattern

On Campus

Weekly online content including lectures, readings and activities (90 minutes)¿¿ 

Weekly scheduled classroom tutorial (90 minutes)¿ 

AssessmentAssessment task 1: Breaking news with social media. (20%)|Assessment task 2: Oral pitch for portfolio of news stories (20%)|Assessment task 3 Portfolio of news media (30%)|Assessment task 4: Reflexive essay (30%)
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