Genres of Journalism

Griffith University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Genres of Journalism

  • Host University

    Griffith University

  • Location

    Gold Coast, Australia

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

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

    Course Description
    This course introduces students to the principles of journalism in the context of current debates in and around the field. Students will acquire an understanding of the possibilities and limitations in the work practices of journalism.
    Course Introduction
    This course introduces students to the core genres of journalism - print, radio, television and online - and explores the composition and evolution of journalism's most popular styles, including celebrity, photojournalism, sports journalism and 'Gonzo'. The course also introduces beginning journalists to the role of public relations and how to engage with stakeholders while reporting politics. The key aim is to make students aware of the need to adapt their writing style to suit the genre, style and brief at hand. The course also explores the current debates in and around the field of journalism, and demonstrates the potentially positive effects the profession can exert on society.
    Course Aims
    This course introduces you to the various genres of journalism, and the styles and briefs within them. It also demonstrates the nature, composition and evolutionary change within these genres and styles, and the positive effect that journalism can have on society.
    Learning Outcomes
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    1. Identify the different styles and genres of journalism and the skills required for each
    2. Describe journalism's social function and institutional construction
    3. Describe notions of journalistic ethics and judgment
    4. Differentiate between the various journalistic styles required for reporting, interpretation, comment and analysis
    5. Identify the news values inherent in any news item
    6. Identify your own biases and formulate your own approach to truth, honesty and objectivity

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.