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 11/7/2022 9/8/2022 29/8/2022 16/10/2022

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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
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
100700 $1,828.00 $858.00 not applicable $2,445.00

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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 and activities (4 hours)

Weekly scheduled classroom tutorial (90 minutes)

AssessmentPortfolio of News Media. (30%)|Breaking news with social media. (20%)|Frame Analysis. (30%)|Reflexive Essay (supporting portfolio) (20%)
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