Features and Storytelling

RMIT University Vietnam

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Features and Storytelling

  • Host University

    RMIT University Vietnam

  • Location

    Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

  • Area of Study

    Communication Studies, Media and Journalism

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course Description

    This course will introduce you to the planning, research, writing and story telling skills necessary to produce effective long-form, feature and feature-style journalism. You will develop your knowledge of feature-writing styles, including news features and profiles, and techniques used by journalists to produce features suitable for a range of print and online publications.


    Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

    Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

    • Examine and discuss the principles of feature writing appropriate for cross platform delivery.
    • Generate and pitch feature story ideas based on a broad knowledge of news and current affairs.
    • Undertake the research and planning necessary to create long-form journalism.
    • Produce a range of features, including news features and profiles, to meet specified deadlines and formats.
    • Apply professional writing standards across a range of platforms.

    In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

    • Apply a body of theoretical and practical knowledge and specific skills in media and communication, particularly in journalism, on which to base your professional practice or future study.
    • Develop practical, and technical skills to quickly adapt to current and future changes in the industry. 


    Overview of Learning Activities

    You will be actively engaged in learning that involves a range of activities such as studios, project work, lectures, tutorials, class discussion, individual and group activities.


    Overview of Learning Resources

    RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

    A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.

    The University Library has extensive resources for Journalism students. The Library has produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies: http://rmit.libguides.com/journalism

    The Library provides guides on academic referencing: http://www.rmit.edu.au/library/referencing and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian.


    Overview of Assessment

    You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. Assessment may include reports, reflective papers, creative projects and presentations, individually and in groups. Assessment will cover both theoretical and practical aspects of your learning.

    Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

    If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

    Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: http://www.rmit.edu.au/policies/academic#assessment 


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