COMS102-23S2 (C) Semester Two 2023

Introduction to News and Journalism

15 points

Details:
Start Date: Monday, 17 July 2023
End Date: Sunday, 12 November 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 30 July 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 1 October 2023

Description

This course provides students with an understanding of the forces that shape the selection and presentation of news. It introduces significant theoretical approaches that seek to explain what is news and the criteria by which it is selected; it explores key aspects of the production of news and analyses specific areas of news (foreign, political, sport and crime) in more depth.

This course introduces students to the study of journalism. You will learn about: how the news works; issues and constraints that journalists face; and how the news is changing. Among the major ideas threaded through the course are the independence of journalists, the way technology shapes what journalism can do, the position of the news within society and politics and the double orientation of news producers towards public service and selling a product. Learning will take place largely through active engagement with the news, including brief tasters of doing journalism.

Learning Outcomes

  • On completion of the course you should be able to:
  • understand how news is produced and the major forces shaping its production
  • identify ideas of quality journalism
  • construct arguments about the power of journalism within society
  • discuss how news is changing
  • reflect on the role of technology in journalism
  • interpret media content in terms of production dynamics
  • critically analyse media content
  • work individually and in small groups on information-gathering and analysis
  • develop basic news skills
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

      Biculturally competent and confident

      Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.

Timetable 2023

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 10:00 - 11:00 C2 Lecture Theatre
17 Jul - 27 Aug
11 Sep - 22 Oct
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 10:00 - 11:00 C2 Lecture Theatre
17 Jul - 27 Aug
11 Sep - 22 Oct
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 15:00 - 16:00 James Logie 105
17 Jul - 27 Aug
11 Sep - 22 Oct
02 Tuesday 12:00 - 13:00 Jack Erskine 244
17 Jul - 27 Aug
11 Sep - 22 Oct
03 Monday 13:00 - 14:00 Jack Erskine 315
17 Jul - 27 Aug
11 Sep - 22 Oct
04 Tuesday 09:00 - 10:00 Ernest Rutherford 260
17 Jul - 27 Aug
11 Sep - 22 Oct
05 Friday 10:00 - 11:00 James Logie 105
17 Jul - 27 Aug
11 Sep - 22 Oct
06 Monday 15:00 - 16:00 Jack Erskine 244
17 Jul - 27 Aug
11 Sep - 22 Oct
07 Monday 16:00 - 17:00 Jack Erskine 315
17 Jul - 27 Aug
11 Sep - 22 Oct

Course Coordinator

Donald Matheson

Lecturers

Tara Ross and Donald Matheson

Assessment

Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Social media exercise 02 Aug 2019 10% In groups of 3, analyse what news you share with others
Newswriting task 1 09 Aug 2019 10%
Newswriting task 2 23 Aug 2019 10%
Newswriting task 3 27 Sep 2019 10%
Essay 20 Sep 2019 25%
News for the future 11 Oct 2019 10%
Final exam 25% University scheduled exam


We require only electronic copies of assignments submitted via Learn (no paper
copies). We will return assignments electronically too.

Textbooks / Resources

There are required readings on Learn, accessible on the page for each week.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $821.00

International fee $3,750.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Language, Social and Political Sciences .

All COMS102 Occurrences

  • COMS102-23S2 (C) Semester Two 2023
  • COMS102-23S2 (D) Semester Two 2023 (Distance)