There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.

This subject explores the production of news and current affairs in the audio visual domain within the context of a critical examination of current professional practice. Students develop skills in audio and video recording, interviewing, scripting, editing and presentation while devising and producing short news and current affairs reports. Students develop an understanding of the impact of online media developments on audio and visual journalism and the ethical implications that arise in the production of broadcast materials. A focus on issues relevant to cultural diversity is maintained throughout the course. Students log their stories in their e-portfolios, exploring the prospect of publishing more broadly.

Subject objectives/outcomes

At the completion of this subject, students are expected to be able to:

    1. Research stories.
    2. Use basic audio and video technologies for the production of news and current affairs packages.
    3. Interview, write and edit media packages.
    4. Adapt audio and visual material to contemporary developments in online media.
    5. Apply journalism ethics to their audio/visual media practice.

Contribution to course aims and graduate attributes

This subject makes a major contribution to student’s ability to:

  • Apply their knowledge and skills
  • Manage projects.
  • Work ethically.

This subject makes an additional contribution to student’s abiliity to:

  • Think analytically.
  • Work collaboratively.

Teaching and learning strategies

Lectures, workshops, field work seminars, peer review and discussion. Use of the web for story publication.


Overview of storytelling with sound and image
Contemporary media developments and convergence
Cultural diversity in storytelling
Recording and editing audio
Shooting video journalism – framing, sequences and overlay
Video camera and editing technical skills
Interviewing for audio and video
Scriptwriting for sound, voice and video
Application of ethics to audio, video and online journalism
Analysing and evaluating sound and image
Creating online packages – content, pictures and editing


Assessment Item 1: Audio news/current affairs story.

Objective(s): a, b, c, e
Weighting: 20%
  • Newsworthiness of interview
  • Interview skills as evidenced by questions and interview structure
  • Evidence both in interview and notes of research
  • Appropriateness for selected audience
  • Broadcast writing skills as exhibited in cue sheet
  • Clarity of audio recording
  • Consistency of editing techniques
  • Consistency with the MEAA code of ethics

Assessment Item 2: An audio current affairs package

Objective(s): a, b, c, d, e
Weighting: 40%
  • Accuracy and depth of research
  • Selection and suitability of interviewees
  • Suitability for nominated broadcast program
  • Writing for broadcast as evidenced by script and cue sheet
  • Presentation skills
  • Story structure
  • Newsworthiness

Assessment Item 3: A video news report

Objective(s): a, b, c, e
Weighting: 40%
  • Newsworthiness of story selection.
  • Accuracy and depth of research.
  • Appropriateness of sources and interviews.
  • Appropriateness for selected audience.
  • Quality of overlay, sequences and interviews.
  • Clarity of sound recording.
  • Quality of script presentation.
  • Appropriateness of visual elements selection.
  • Consistency of editing techniques for selected story genre.

Minimum requirements

Attendance is essential this subject because it is based on a collaborative approach that involves essential workshopping and interchange of ideas. Students are required to attend a minimum of ten classes.


G. Phillips and M. Lindgren, (2005) Australian Broadcast Journalism OUP.
G. Starkey, Radio in Context.
L S. Burns, Understanding Journalism.
J. Chapman and M. Kinsey (editors) Broadcast Journalism- A critical introduction.

Students are required to listen to read and watch a wide range of local and international examples of broadcast and online audio and visual journalism in preparation for class.

Typical availability

Autumn semester, City campus Spring semester, City campus


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