Units of Study

MECO6925 - Online Journalism

Semester 1, 2011  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: Fiona R. Martin


This unit introduces students to reporting for online news and information services, with a focus on World Wide Web delivery. It is a practical unit involving writing exercises in different genres, including news, feature and opinion pieces. Students will also examine theoretical issues in convergent media publishing and be encouraged to develop basic skills in text, image and audio-visual production for the web. They will be encouraged to publish to a range of participatory journalism publications.


1x1700wd blog post and essay (25%), 1x500wd news commentary with links and image and 1x500wd short comment postings (30%), 1x1800wd equivalent feature story, with links and accompanying multimedia content, plus short production critique (45%)


Briggs, Mark (2008) Journalism 2: How to Survive and Thrive - A Digital Literacy Guide for the Information Age, Knight Citizen News, Washington, DC. Available by download from or in hard copy through the Co-op Bookshop.
Students should also purchase a course reader fom the University Copy Centre.


1x3-hr seminar/week

Assumed Knowledge

Familiarity with computers, ideally with MAC OS X. Basic journalism studies knowledge or co-enrolment in MECO6900 News Writing preferred.

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