JRN101 Newsgathering and Writing (8)

This subject introduces students to fundamentals of news reporting practice. It examines basic techniques of information gathering, story construction, and core journalistic writing skills appropriate to a variety of media platforms. Students apply these principles in an authentic newsroom environment (radio and online).

Subject Outlines
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Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Bathurst Campus
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: JRN101. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Communication and Creative Industries

Assumed Knowledge

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to generate ideas and gather information for basic news stories
  • be able to evaluate and apply news values in framing stories
  • be able to distinguish the stylistic requirements for print, broadcast and online news writing
  • be able to write basic news stories for a variety of media platforms
  • be able to competently work in teams


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Generating news stories
  • Gathering information for news stories
  • Elementary interview techniques
  • News values and story framing
  • Basic news writing for print, broadcast and online
  • Team work skills


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or ask@csu.edu.au or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.