Studying online

There are now 2 possible online modes for units:

Units with modes Online timetabled and Online flexible are available for any student to self-enrol and study online.

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Unit Overview


This unit exposes students to the potential to play a lead role in existing mainstream media organisations. It covers the roles of broadcast, print and online journalists at the senior level and in editorial conference roles. It exposes the best of students to live broadcasts on media partner networks, and offers the opportunity to publish with leading newspapers. Students have tight deadlines to produce high quality work, make editorial decisions and react to live television situations (simulated).

6 points

Students are able to (1) demonstrate an ability to operate as a journalist in real time responding to breaking news; (2) know when to show restraint in the face of a news story for legal or ethical reasons; (3) compare and contrast serious decision-making moments in journalism in recent history; and (4) demonstrate a capacity to deliver high quality feature writing and a long-form broadcast news product.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) tutorials; (2) a major essay; and (3) field work. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Peter van Onselen
Unit rules
COMM5608 Practicum 2: Broadcast and Digital
Contact hours
24 hours
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  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.