Television Journalism

University of Newcastle

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Television Journalism

  • Host University

    University of Newcastle

  • Location

    Newcastle, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Communication, Media and Journalism, Radio/Television/Film

  • 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


    Through a variety of assigned tasks and self-directed learning, students will develop further their research, interviewing and writing skills. They will prepare, record and edit a number of items for the broadcast medium of television news, and for online. Students will gain a solid understanding of the ethical and legal obligations of journalism. Students intending to enrol in this course should be aware that technical proficiency in video and audio recording and editing is required as these skills are assumed knowledge and are not covered in depth during the course. Students will be directed to resources that will develop their technical skills.

    Learning Outcomes

    1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the role of journalism in society, in this case television and video online.

    2. Demonstrate professional research, writing and production skills appropriate to television, video and online journalism.

    3. Develop skills in critical reflection on professional practice by studying, analysing and interpreting current professional media practice.

    4. Develop professional communication skills as applicable to broadcast journalism including voice and presentation.

    5. Produce well-researched, effective and relevant interviews for television and video online.

    6. Apply digital recording and production skills to produce and present interviews, news stories and features in different formats.


    This course offers study in reflective professional practice in television, and video journalism for online.

    Topics will include:
    An overview of broadcast journalism and the journalist's commitment to accuracy, fairness, impartiality and responsibility, particularly in a new media-convergent world.
    Television journalism - the television reporter as a storyteller, interviewer, information disseminator.
    Writing for the spoken word and television.
    Television Journalism - the skills base for journalists in a visual medium such as television news and how they translate to the online medium.
    Scripting television news and the components of a good news script including the piece to camera.
    Getting the story, planning and shooting the story.
    Interviewing for television in all its forms e.g. field interview, live studio interview, live cross, the cutaway question etc.
    Writing and packaging a television news story for broadcast and doing it to required time and length; voicing and presenting a television news story and knowing when to use a piece to camera.
    Video journalism online and how it uses broadcast skills to tell a story.
    Presenting news in the television studio and how to present to camera using autocue.


    This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Communication and associated combined degree programs.

    Assumed Knowledge

    It is assumed that students have technical proficiency in video and audio recording and editing, including the software used in this course, provided in CMNS1230, CMNS1004, CMNS2370 and CMNS2300. Students are expected to have a foundation in professional writing and journalism equivalent to CMNS1090 and CMNS1280.

    Assessment Items

    Participation: Participation
    Project: Assessment 1 - two TV stories
    Project: Assessment 2 - online version of story
    Project: Assessment 3 - mini news bulletin

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.