Introduction to Professional Writing

University of Newcastle

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Introduction to Professional Writing

  • Host University

    University of Newcastle

  • Location

    Newcastle, Australia

  • Area of Study

    English, Journalism

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • 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 basic forms and techniques of writing required for communication practice in journalism and public relations. Students are set writing tasks which offer the potential for publication. Workshops provide the opportunity for students to develop skills to meet new writing challenges, to critically examine examples of professional writing, to discuss their own work with their peers, and to consider the role of the professional writer in various social, cultural and professional contexts. Students should note that this is not a remedial writing course.
    1. Developed writing and editing skills involved in professional practice in journalism and public relations.
    2. Developed critical and creative thinking skills in examining and producing professional writing work.
    3. Developed an understanding of the basic social and professional contexts in which contemporary professional writing operates and of the role of the professional writer within these contexts.
    4. An opportunity for students to produce publishable written work and to engage with the challenges of creating real professional writing products.
    This course covers:
    The basic forms and skills of professional writing practice in journalism and public relations. Building on the special techniques of news-writing, the course covers the use of various forms of writing used in the mass media, including media releases, news stories of various genres, opinion pieces, character profiles, reviews, anecdotal writing and editing of written work.
    The role of writing and of the contemporary professional writer in relevant social and professional contexts.
    Written Assignment: 5th Estate
    Written Assignment: Opinion Piece
    Written Assignment: Character Profile
    Written Assignment: Media Release
    Written Assignment: News Story
    Journal: Writing Journal

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.