|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|
|Version produced :||4 February 2023|
JRN1020 Introduction to Professional Journalism is the foundation practice course in the journalism major. In this course, students learn the principles of quality journalism, as well as how to make sense of and write about what is going on in the world, thus beginning the journey towards competence in journalism.
This course is designed to introduce students to writing for the news media and the theoretical models underpinning their practices. Emphasis will be placed on the need for students to identify newsworthy information and achieve accuracy, fairness and balance within the constraints imposed regularly on journalists. Students will be introduced to news values, journalism research, interview skills and the elements that make up news stories. They will be given considerable practice in writing effective introductory sentences, handling attribution and quotations, and structuring complete news stories.