COMS331-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023

Researching and Reporting News

30 points

Details:
Start Date: Monday, 20 February 2023
End Date: Sunday, 25 June 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 5 March 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 14 May 2023

Description

This course provides an introduction to the foundational skills and knowledge required for communicating news and information to various publics. You’ll learn how to develop writing and multimedia skills to produce engaging digital content. You’ll also gain knowledge of your ethical responsibilities and learn to critically reflect on your own and others' media practice. The course combines analytical skills with practical experience, including fieldwork and work placement opportunities, to help consolidate the links between theory and practice and develop independence in professional work. Please note, the course’s strongly practical focus requires active in-class engagement. It is not a distance course. Note: This course is restricted to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Communication (Journalism) or Graduate Diploma in Journalism.

Prerequisites

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

Timetable 2023

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 10:00 - 12:00 Elsie Locke 401
20 Feb - 5 Mar
13 Mar - 2 Apr
24 Apr - 4 Jun
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 10:00 - 12:00 Elsie Locke 401
20 Feb - 5 Mar
13 Mar - 2 Apr
24 Apr - 4 Jun
Field Trip A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00 Noho Marae
6 Mar - 12 Mar
Field Trip B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00 Noho Marae
6 Mar - 12 Mar
Placement A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01-P1 Monday 09:00 - 17:00 12 Jun - 18 Jun
01-P2 Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00 12 Jun - 18 Jun
01-P3 Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00 12 Jun - 18 Jun
01-P4 Thursday 09:00 - 17:00 12 Jun - 18 Jun
01-P5 Friday 09:00 - 17:00 12 Jun - 18 Jun
Workshop A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 09:00 - 15:00 Elsie Locke 401
20 Feb - 2 Apr
24 Apr - 4 Jun

Course Coordinator

Tara Ross

Assessment

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

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,948.00

International fee $7,807.00

* 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 25

For further information see Language, Social and Political Sciences .

All COMS331 Occurrences

  • COMS331-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023