Writing for the Media

University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Writing for the Media

  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Communication, Media and Journalism, Media Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    One of MFCO 101, MFCO 102 or MFCO 103

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Provides students with writing skills across a range of media, with an emphasis on cross-platform, non-fiction writing. The conventions and creative roles involved in producing media texts are interrogated.
    Click bait, Facebook fails, crowd sourcing and sleeping cats - digital technologies and social media have transformed journalism and news reporting practices. This paper will provide you with the knowledge to interrogate the workings of news media and examine how news generates social and cultural meanings about what is considered newsworthy. You will also learn the conventions and creativity involved in producing new forms of news media. Graduates of the paper will have the skills to produce news stories across a range of different media including online news blogs, print media and radio.

    Learning Outcomes
    -Develop competencies in producing a range of news media texts, with an emphasis on online, print and radio news
    -Critical skills in examining the social and cultural meanings of news
    -An ethical understanding of the issues surrounding the production, dissemination and consumption of news media texts

    Course Structure
    This course is structured around a practical and theoretical engagement with three different types of media forms:
    -News blogs
    -Feature articles

    -News blog 40%
    -Feature article and podcast 40%
    -Workshop participation 20%

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