COMS331-22S1 (C) Semester One 2022

Researching and Reporting News

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 21 February 2022
End Date: Sunday, 26 June 2022
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 6 March 2022
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 15 May 2022


This course provides an introduction to the foundational skills and knowledge required for communicating news and information to various publics. Students will learn how to develop writing and multimedia skills to produce engaging digital content. They will also gain knowledge of their ethical responsibilities and learn to critically reflect on their own and others' media practice. The course combines analytical skills with practical experience, including fieldwork and internship opportunities, to help consolidate the links between theory and practice, and develop independence in professional work.


Limited Entry. (i) COMS231, COMS232, COMS233. (ii) Permission from the Head of Department.

Course Coordinator

Tara Ross


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
5 x News Stories 50% • 20% pass/fail marks for filing news stories that meet the brief and the deadline • 60% grading for overall portfolio • 10% OIA requests • 10% story pitches
Audio 25% • 15% radio writs • 15% edited radio interview • 30% Radio package for News story 5 • 40% RDU practical assessment
Reflective Practice 25% • 10% goal setting assignment (simple pass/fail) • 20% self-assessment on 2 news stories, including key learning from a classmate assessment on one story (simple pass/fail) • 10% peer assessment on a classmate’s story (simple pass/fail) • 60% final portfolio reflection/critique

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Please note that during COVID-19, classes will be recorded via Zoom

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,896.00

International fee $7,499.00

* 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.

Limited Entry Course

Maximum enrolment is 26

For further information see Language, Social and Political Sciences .

All COMS331 Occurrences

  • COMS331-22S1 (C) Semester One 2022