Journalism Practice I

JOU60005, formerly HAJM400 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn


  • One Semester or Term

Contact hours

  • 36 hours





Aims and objectives

This course is aimed at providing students with the core skills necessary for journalistic practice, as well as an understanding of how newsrooms work. Students will learn how to interview sources and participants in the news and how to research stories from documentary sources. Students will be given practical exercises and detailed feedback aimed at honing their ability to communicate the results of their research in clear and simple terms, easily understandable by the intended audience. Students will learn news writing skills as they apply to all media – print, broadcast and online.

Learning Outcomes


After successfully completing this unit, you should:

§         Understand how newsrooms operate.

§         Have developed a news sense, and be able to apply this and allow it to guide your journalistic research.

§         Have developed your knowledge of current affairs.

§         Be able to write simple and clear news stories.

§         Be able to conduct journalistic research from primary sources, including interviews with sources.

§         Have developed your skills in interviewing people during journalistic research

Courses with unit

A unit of study in the Graduate Diploma of Multimedia, Master of Multimedia and  Master of Multimedia Technology 

Please note that unit codes have changed from 2014. Please ensure that you check the unit entry for the correct 2014 unit code.