Reporting and Editing for Print and Online Journalism


Course Description

  • Course Name

    Reporting and Editing for Print and Online Journalism

  • Host University


  • Location

    Sydney, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Communication, Intercultural Communications, International Communications, Journalism, Mass Communications, Media and Journalism, Media Studies, Public Relations, Radio/Television/Film, Social Media

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    58110 Introduction to Journalism

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This subject develops skills in research and reporting, and introduces editing for online and print media. Students extend their abilities as reporters by developing advanced research skills, and interviewing and writing techniques appropriate for the production of longer stories. Students are introduced to basic skills and strategies for the editing and publishing of stories for publication. They learn to shape stories for specific audiences by writing introductions, headlines, captions, and adding links and other online elements. Students develop an appreciation of the importance of accuracy and clarity for publishing, and consider ethical and legal implications that arise during the publishing process.
    Subject objectives
    a. Analyse news stories written for print and online publication
    b. Evaluate the complex interplay between writing and editing
    c. Apply copy-editing skills appropriate to target audiences
    d. Consider legal and ethical implications in the publishing process
    e. Reflect on their own practice
    Teaching and learning strategies
    Reporting and editing for print and online journalism will include lectures, tutorials, and workshops. Students will learn and apply a range of reporting and editing skills from researching and writing news features, selecting stories and editing them for publication in print and online. Editing includes appropriate hyper-linking, headline and caption writing, image sourcing and basic layout for print and online publication within an ethical and legal framework.
    News and news feature writing
    Fundamentals of sub-editing
    Legal implications of publishing
    Ethical issues in media production
    Analyses of issues in journalism
    Assessment task 1: News Story
    a, b and e
    Weight: 20%
    Length: 450 words each
    Accuracy of reporting
    Fairness of reporting
    Clarity of English
    Accuracy in application of text style
    Accuracy in copy-editing
    Assessment task 2: News Feature
    b and e
    Weight: 35%
    Length: 800 words
    Accuracy of reporting
    Fairness of reporting
    Quality and range of sources
    Attention to detail in copy-editing
    Accuracy in application of text style
    Aptness of headlines
    Quality of sourced images
    Assessment task 3: Editing for Print and Online Publication
    c, d and e
    Weight: 45%
    Editing for accuracy
    Quality of images and their placement
    Aptness of headlines and captions
    Target audience awareness
    Legal soundness

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.