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JRN3003 Feature Writing

Semester 1, 2022 Online
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Humanities & Communication
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules


Examiner: Rebecca Te'o


Pre-requisite: JRN1000 or JRN1020


Journalism is more than news reporting. Longer form journalistic works such as feature stories offer audiences the opportunity to find context and more in-depth information about what is happening in local, national and global domains. This course is designed to assist students in developing their skills in long-form journalism, using techniques such as inquiry, description analysis.

This course will concentrate on the preparation of larger journalistic packages, namely for newspapers and magazines. Students will research and write different kinds of features; learn advanced interviewing, research and writing techniques; and develop skills in packaging their content for appropriate publication platforms.

Course learning outcomes

On completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. plan, research and write feature stories for a targeted publication;
  2. apply written communication skills to comply with different professional formats;
  3. ethically conduct background research using adacemic and professional literacy skills;
  4. manage, plan and organise the completion of editorial tasks related to longform journalism;
  5. apply feedback from formative and summative assessment to improve their skills in journalism.


Description Weighting(%)
1. The role of longform journalism 10.00
2. Story structures 10.00
3. Finding and planning stories 10.00
4. Advanced interviewing and research 30.00
5. Specialisations 30.00
6. Freelancing 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

Granato, L 2001, Newspaper feature writing, University of NSW Press, Sydney.
(Rev. edn.)
Ricketson, M 2004, Writing feature stories: how to research and write newspaper and magazine articles, Allen & Unwin, Crows Nest, NSW.
Students must have access to personal storage space (e.g. portable external hard drive, cloud storage), a broadcast-quality digital audio and video recording device (a late generation smart phone is acceptable), microphone and headphones.
The Concise Oxford dictionary, Oxford University Press, Oxford.
(for international students if Macquarie not available.) (The Oxford English Dictionary is available online via USQ Library).
The Macquarie dictionary, (or any edition), Macquarie Library, North Ryde, NSW.
(Australian students). (available online via USQ Library).

Student workload expectations

To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.

Assessment details

Description Weighting (%)
Date printed 10 February 2023