Journalism Features

JOU30007 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn


  • One Semester or Term

Contact hours

  • 36 hours

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.


JOU10004 News Writing and 50 Credit Points



Aims and objectives

This unit provides students with the knowledge and skills to undertake interviews and research and write publication-ready features which they are able to edit and pitch to an editor. Students will learn how photographs, video and audio assist in journalistic storytelling, adding value to stand-alone text-based and multimedia material. They will also learn the history and nature of long form journalism/feature writing as well as the different possible structures, and how to apply those techniques in their work

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Work independently to initiate, plan and prepare publication-ready feature articles, including using online resources
2. Write concisely, to edit their own work and that of their peers to improve its quality
3. Understand how multimedia tools, including video and audio, can be used to complement and add value to a print-based journalism feature
4. Demonstrate competence in taking photographs as complementary illustrations for long form journalism projects and use these images in their work
5. Critically evaluate the various types of features and long form journalism, the differences between them and how they can serve different purposes
6. Reflect on and critically evaluate their own work and processes.

Courses with unit

This unit will not be offered from 2019  
BA-MCMN Bachelor of Media and Communication
BA-MCMPROF Bachelor of Media and Communication (Professional)
BA-MCMNS Bachelor of Media and Communication [SOL]
BB-MCMNBUS Bachelor of Media and Communication / Bachelor of Business
BA-ARTS3 Bachelor of Arts
BA-ARTPROF Bachelor of Arts (Professional)
BB-ARTBUS1 Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Business
BB-ARTSC Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Science