UTS: Communication: Creative Practice Credit points: 8 cp Result type: Grade, no marks Requisite(s): 57011 Research and Reporting for Journalism These requisites may not apply to students in certain courses. See access conditions.

Handbook description

This subject gives students opportunities for structured professional work placement in which journalism is produced. Those participating in this subject produce a portfolio of journalism, a written report and a diary of the time and work details during the attachment. Students build on and develop skills they have acquired during their studies and apply those skills in a practical environment. The subject is aimed at self-directed learning and regular academic supervision. Students are also asked to present a seminar paper that reflects their knowledge and learning experience with other students.


Subject objectives/outcomes

On completion of this subject students should be able to demonstrate:

  1. a professional portfolio of work which will include a report on the attachment and a detailed critical review
  2. an ability to undertake group and/or individual work under supervision
  3. an ability to recognise and apply basic industry standards in relation to the work
  4. an ability to develop professional skills gained during the subject by producing high quality journalism
  5. an ability to evaluate their own learning and professional practice
  6. an ability to evaluate and analyse teaching and learning activities in relation to professional practice.


Contribution to course aims and graduate attributes

At the completion of the subject, students will:

  • have strong research and reporting skills and be able to effectively retrieve and analyse information from a range of sources
  • have a knowledge and critical understanding of the media
  • be equipped with the necessary skills to either enter professional practice in the media or continue with additional skills and intellectual depth
  • have an understanding of the relationship between media theory and practice
  • have a critical understanding of the relationships between technology, professionalism and social change and be able to adapt their professional skills to future change and to new production challenges
  • develop the ability to be self-reliant and pro-active, flexible and innovative
  • have an understanding and commitment to ethical journalism practice.


Teaching and learning strategies

This subject will provide students with an understanding and appreciation of current professional practices, procedures, issues and skills in the field of journalism. Students enrolled in this subject should aim to build-on and develop the skills they have acquired during their studies and apply those skills in a practical environment. Students undertake a structured professional work attachment, in which the student’s learning needs and the journal to which he or she is attached can be brought together in a specified project or a set of tasks. This is not considered work experience but a subject built on self-directed learning with regular and rigorous academic supervision. The attachment will require approximately 100 hours work by the student during the semester. This may be undertaken at times agreed to by the student and the journal where the attachment will take place. Students may decide to split their attachment and spend time with two different organisations, publishers or programs.



Following consultation with the supervisor, the student will arrange the attachment. In some cases the supervisor may also assist in securing a placement through industry contacts. The student will negotiate the attachment, which is a three-way agreement between the student, the sponsor and the supervisor. This will define goals for the student and the sponsor to assist the student in gaining the maximum professional practice in their field. Regular contact with the supervisor must be maintained during the semester. Requirements

  • Students may choose to secure an attachment in any medium or journalism genre for which they have the skills and experience.
  • They must meet with their supervisor at least three times during the semester and have regular phone and/email contact as well as attending three subject seminars when students will review their attachments and provide a critical analysis for peer reflection and review.
  • Students will submit a CV to the supervisor along with subjects already completed and those currently being undertaken as well as a full brief on the attachment.
  • Students will complete a 2,000-word written report that offers an appraisal/critique of their attachment.

Class seminars There will be occasional workshops scheduled by the supervisor for round table discussions during the semester. These may also include other postgraduate students undertaking project work and their supervisors. Insurance For any work or activity in a workplace outside the University, students must complete an insurance indemnity application. Their supervisor will provide this information It is their responsibility to acquire the necessary forms, complete them, keep a copy themselves and give a copy to their supervisor to file and another to their industry sponsor.



Assessment Item 1: Preparation of brief

Objective(s): c (an ability to recognise and apply basic industry standards in relation to the work)
Weighting: 10
  • Clear, complete and accurate outline of learning objectives
  • evidence of thorough research.

Assessment Item 2: Evidence of work produced

Objective(s): a, b, c, d (a professional portfolio of work which will include a report on the attachment and a detailed critical review; an ability to undertake group and/or individual work under supervision, recognise and apply professional standards, and develop enhanced professional skills)
Weighting: 70
  • Professional content and presentation of work
  • demonstration of capacity to produce quality journalism
  • demonstrated capacity to reflect on the experience of learning.

Assessment Item 3: Final report/reflective critique

Objective(s): e (an ability to evaluate their own learning and professional practice)
Weighting: 20
Criteria: Capacity to reflect critically on the experience of the attachment and to make links between professional work and relevant literature studied during the subject. As well, assignments will be assessed on the following:

  • Evidence of understanding of the professional practices carried out in the place of attachment
  • Depth of research
  • Accuracy and clarity in writing
  • Organisational ability
  • Understanding of relevant media and ethical issues
  • Ability to express themselves clearly in seminar presentation and initiate discussion and evaluate own learning activities
  • Evidence of ability within the written report of understanding and involving themselves in the professional practice and subsequent development of professional skills.


Minimum requirements

Students are expected to read the subject outline to ensure they are familiar with the subject requirements. You are expected to initiate, attend, arrive punctually and actively participate in all scheduled meetings or classes. If you experience difficulties meeting this requirement, please contact your lecturer. Students who have a reason for extended absence (e.g. illness) may be required to complete additional work to ensure they achieve the subject objectives. To complete the requirements of this subject, students must prepare a brief, provide a portfolio of work and submit a report. They should also attend the class workshops.


Required texts

There are no set texts


Recommended texts

There are no set texts



There are no set readings for this subject however the supervisor may suggest some texts or library and online resources.