News Writing and Ethics

Griffith University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    News Writing and Ethics

  • Host University

    Griffith University

  • Location

    Gold Coast, Australia

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Prerequisite: News and Politics 1503HUM; Introduction to Journalism 1508HUM or 1508LHS Introduction to Journalism.

  • 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 allows students to investigate and develop their skills in writing for the news media and to closely examine journalism practice in the context of ethical, legal and social considerations
    Course Introduction
    This is a second-year newswriting course for students in the journalism and public relations majors, and can also be taken by any student interested in the news media and its processes and who has completed the prerequisite course, News and Politics 1503HUM; Introduction to Journalism 1508HUM; 1508LHS Introduction to Journalism.

    This course provides ethical training for journalists and couples this consideration of ethics with the practical skills required to write hard news. Newswriting and Ethics is a hands-on subject and class attendance and active participation in class activities is compulsory, and your failure to attend or engage may reflect in your marks.

    Students enrolling in this course should incorporate a professional approach to the study of this unit. Students will be expected to be flexible and able to adapt to the demands of a newsroom and should understand they may be asked to attend class outside of the hours timetabled and at a different location in order to take advantage of career enhancing opportunities.

    Course Aims
    The course includes an introduction to the skills of news style, gathering information and writing on a range of key topic areas, for a variety of news genres. The course introduces you to the ethical issues faced by journalists and requires you to consider their stories in an ethical context, against the framework of the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA) Code of Ethics. You will also have to analyse various theories and implications of journalistic ethics in a fully referenced essay and apply your practical skills to a range of specialist situations such as community media reporting; reporting Indigenous issues and mental health.
    Learning Outcomes
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    1. Recognise and practise styles and techniques of news writing
    2. Write for a variety of news media
    3. Use personal judgement in information gathering
    4. Understand the nature of narrative construction
    5. Critically engage with cross-cultural and gender-related aspects of journalistic research and writing
    6. Grasp ethical issues and considerations
    7. Learn and apply the MEAA code of ethics
    8. Understand the relationships between the mass media and other social institutions
    9. Critically reflect upon journalism practice

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.