COMS331-22S1 (C) Semester One 2022

Researching and Reporting News

30 points

Details:
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

Description

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.

Pre-requisites

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

Timetable 2022

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 10:00 - 12:00 Elsie Locke 401
21 Feb - 10 Apr
2 May - 29 May
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 10:00 - 12:00 Elsie Locke 401
21 Feb - 10 Apr
2 May - 29 May
Field Trip A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 09:00 - 17:00 6 Jun - 19 Jun
02 Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00 6 Jun - 19 Jun
03 Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00 6 Jun - 19 Jun
04 Thursday 09:00 - 17:00 6 Jun - 19 Jun
05 Friday 09:00 - 17:00 6 Jun - 19 Jun
Workshop A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 10:00 - 16:00 Elsie Locke 401
21 Feb - 10 Apr
2 May - 29 May

Course Coordinator

Tara Ross

Assessment

Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Participation 5% Attendance & participation in lectures, live exercises, and workshops.
5 x News Stories 45% A minimum of 5 stories, written to an approved standard and with multimedia requirements
OIA requests 10% Submit OIA requests for 3 different stories you will chase.
Broadcast 25% A range of assignments including: o Radio writs o Radio packages o Assessment of live radio production shifts at RDU.
Portfolio and Publication 10% Marks awarded for the overall standard of your final portfolio, as well as the number of stories you've had published. Marks awarded for the overall standard of your final portfolio, as well as the number of stories you've had published. Marks awarded for the overall standard of your final portfolio, as well as the number of stories you've had published
Story Pitches 5% Minimum 10 story pitches for an assigned newsroom

Course links

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