COMS332-23S2 (C) Semester Two 2023

News Production

30 points

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


This course builds on the foundational skills and knowledge required for communicating news and information to various publics. You will learn how to develop your reporting and multimedia skills to produce engaging digital content. You will 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.


Limited Entry. (i) COMS331 (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
17 Jul - 20 Aug
11 Sep - 22 Oct
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 10:00 - 12:00 Elsie Locke 401
17 Jul - 20 Aug
11 Sep - 22 Oct
Placement A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01-P1 Monday 09:00 - 17:00 30 Oct - 12 Nov
01-P2 Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00 30 Oct - 12 Nov
01-P3 Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00 30 Oct - 12 Nov
01-P4 Thursday 09:00 - 17:00 30 Oct - 12 Nov
01-P5 Friday 09:00 - 17:00 30 Oct - 12 Nov
Workshop A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 10:00 - 16:00 Elsie Locke 401
17 Jul - 27 Aug
11 Sep - 22 Oct

Contact Person

Tara Ross


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.
Feature & critique 15% This assignment comprises three parts: o Feature proposal o 1000-word feature + multimedia o Feature critique
Broadcast 20% 3 x video stories
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.
Story Pitches 5% Minimum 10 story pitches for an assigned newsroom.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,889.00

International fee $7,748.00

* 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 COMS332 Occurrences

  • COMS332-23S2 (C) Semester Two 2023