Content That Sells explores a wide range of reporting and storytelling formats, including new reporting techniques, investigative journalism, feature writing, visual storytelling and long-form and interactive narratives.
Investigation and Analysis focuses on sourcing, investigation and verification strategies for the 21st century. It provides an overview of a range of traditional and contemporary investigation practices used by journalists to research stories and multimedia productions, including a critical introduction to the traditions of interview, observation, data and archival research.
Media Law and Ethics explores key legal and ethical issues relevant to media practice and journalism, including emergent areas of digital regulation.
Past, Present and Future examines the changing media landscape in Africa and globally. By reflecting on the history of journalism, students will come away with a firm grasp of current and future issues and media practice.
Advanced Digital Journalism provides an opportunity for students to work in teams and experiment with new technologies and novel forms of storytelling to build a real-world audience for a new media product or project.
Media Leadership in Action prepares students for responsibilities they will take on during their careers, fostering adaptive leadership skills.
Media Development and Social Impact builds rigorous reporting skills to help journalists respond to social problems. Focusing on the unique issues arising in developing countries, the course helps to re-balance the news so that everyday people can better understand the problems and challenges shaping their lives.
Developing Your Editorial Specialty prepares students for undertaking a specialized reporting project. At the conclusion of this course, students will present a fully researched pitch and proposal for a multiplatform media project to be undertaken in the next semester.
Putting Research into Action exposes students to deeper methodological issues and approaches by introducing them to techniques specific to mass media research that can be applied to journalism.
Specialist Reporting Project prepares students to be specialist reporters who can assume editorial leadership of in-depth, multimedia projects in a particular ‘beat’. This course is conducted in two parts: a production component where students work with a specialist reporter in their nominated field, and a contextual study component where students work with an academic advisor in their chosen specialty. At the conclusion of this course, students will produce a digital portfolio and a critical essay explaining how their work advances public understanding of their topic.
Research Thesis offers the opportunity for students to engage in original research.