Freelance Writing and Reporting Specialties

Bond University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Freelance Writing and Reporting Specialties

  • Host University

    Bond University

  • Location

    Gold Coast, Australia

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    JOUR11-100 Writing for News Media OR previous reporting experience

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4.5 - 6
  • Overview

    From listicles to in-depth features, travel narratives and sports reporting, this subject teaches students how to write in a variety of formats, for a range of publications (print and online) and covering a variety of subjects. It takes the basic building blocks of journalism research, interviewing, information-gathering and assimilation, and the basic techniques involved in writing news (hard and soft news) and feature stories (including blogs, reviews, columns and features), and applies them to specialist reporting situations. The reporting specialisations may vary, depending on teaching staffs’ areas of expertise. In May, students do a 12-week pop culture reporting unit (which includes arts, culture, entertainment, social issues and sub-culture); in September students choose two of three available workshop sessions in the specialty areas of sports reporting, travel writing and pop culture reporting.

    Learning Objectives
    1. After completing subject students will be able to identify and discuss the historical and contextual foundations of their chosen reporting specialty.
    2. After completing subject students will be able to represent and explain the key elements of their reporting specialty in their own writing and discussion.
    3. After completing subject students will be able to critically analyse and edit their own written work.
    4. After completing subject students will be able to select and utilise creative and innovative approaches to story development.
    5. After completing subject students will be understand the industry and pitch their work to potential freelance employers.

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