Feature Writing

University of Newcastle

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Feature Writing

  • Host University

    University of Newcastle

  • Location

    Newcastle, Australia

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    CMNS1090 Introduction to Professional Writing, and CMNS1280 Introduction to Journalism.

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

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

    Introduces students to the writing of feature articles as practised in professional journalism. Students will develop their research, interviewing and writing skills through a variety of assigned tasks and produce journalistic articles for publication in text and online forms. Students may be asked to attend guest lectures.
    1. Expanded their knowledge and understanding of the role of journalism in society.
    2. Developed their professional writing and research skills as applicable to features journalism in print and online forms.
    3. Advanced their skills in critical reflection on professional practice.
    4. Further developed their professional communication skills.
    The course consists of one lecture in which students are made aware of the course content and requirements followed by workshops in the remainder of the term in which students discuss and critique their own and fellow students written projects. Students are introduced to the work of prizewinning Australian and international journalists. Students will also be required to undertake class exercises exploring the theory and practice of features journalism in print and online formats.
    Written Assignment: Assessment 1 - Film Review
    Project: Assessment 2 - Profile
    Project: Assessment 3 - Feature
    Written Assignment: Writing and Peer Review
    Participation: Participation

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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.