COMM5603 Print and Digital

6 points
(see Summer Timetable)
Summer teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit aims to train potential journalists through practical experience. The unit mostly involves operating as 'working journalists' and includes a limited number of traditional classroom sessions. The print component of the unit includes journalistic research, writing a lead, structuring stories, news pieces, features, opinions or investigative stories, as well as editing and sub-editing. The digital component focuses on online written journalism. An online site functions as a public store of student journalism.
Students are able to (1) research and write news and investigative stories for print and digital media; (2) research and write opinion and feature pieces for print and digital media; (3) edit and sub-edit stories for print and digital media; and (4) write and edit in a timely manner for print and digital media.
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) written article; (2) test; and (3) group project. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Peter van Onselen
Contact hours
24 hours per semester
Unit Outline
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available at the University Co-operative Bookshop (from early January) and appropriate administrative offices for students to consult. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.