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MFCO220 Writing for the Media

 

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.

Digital technologies and social media have transformed journalism and news reporting practices. This paper will provide you with the writing and production skills to produce news stories across a range of different media, including online news blogs, print media and radio. You will also learn 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. This paper will help you develop a greater appreciation of the complexity and importance of online news media and empower you to produce ethical and critically informed news.

Paper title Writing for the Media
Paper code MFCO220
Subject Media, Film and Communication
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $851.85
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,585.00

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Prerequisite
MFCO 101 or MFCO 102 or MFCO 103
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Notes
May not be credited together with MFCO230 Special Topic: Writing for the Media passed in 2012, 2013, or 2014.
Contact
mfco@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Convenor and Lecturer: Dr Rosemary Overell
Paper Structure
This paper is structured around a practical and theoretical engagement with different types of media forms:
  • News blogs
  • Lifestyle blogs
  • Press releases
  • Feature articles
  • Podcasts
Assessment:
  • News blog: 15%
  • Lifestyle blog: 15 %
  • Press release: 10%
  • Feature article and podcast: 60%
Teaching Arrangements
1-hour lecture once a week

2-hour tutorial once a week.
Textbooks
Course reader and on Blackboard.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Research, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
The goals of the paper are to
  • Develop student competencies in producing a range of news media texts, with an emphasis on online, print and radio news
  • Facilitate critical skills in examining the social and cultural meanings of news
  • Provide an ethical understanding of the issues surrounding the production, dissemination and consumption of news media texts

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Timetable

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Computer Lab

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
C1 Wednesday 14:00-15:50 9-15, 17-22
C2 Thursday 13:00-14:50 9-15, 17-22
C3 Wednesday 11:00-12:50 9-15, 17-22
C4 Thursday 10:00-11:50 9-15, 17-22

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Monday 14:00-14:50 9-15, 17-22

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.

Digital technologies and social media have transformed journalism and news reporting practices. This paper will provide you with the writing and production skills to produce news stories across a range of different media, including online news blogs, print media and radio. You will also learn 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. This paper will help you develop a greater appreciation of the complexity and importance of online news media and empower you to produce ethical and critically informed news.

Paper title Writing for the Media
Paper code MFCO220
Subject Media, Film and Communication
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $868.95
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,656.70

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Prerequisite
MFCO 101 or MFCO 102 or MFCO 103
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Notes
May not be credited together with MFCO230 Special Topic: Writing for the Media passed in 2012, 2013, or 2014.
Contact
mfco@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Convenor and Lecturer: Dr Rosemary Overell
Paper Structure
This paper is structured around a practical and theoretical engagement with different types of media forms:
  • News blogs
  • Lifestyle blogs
  • Press releases
  • Feature articles
  • Podcasts
Assessment:
  • News blog: 15%
  • Lifestyle blog: 15 %
  • Press release: 10%
  • Feature article and podcast: 60%
Teaching Arrangements
1-hour lecture once a week
2-hour tutorial once a week
Textbooks
Course reader and on Blackboard
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Research, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
The goals of the paper are to
  • Develop student competencies in producing a range of news media texts, with an emphasis on online, print and radio news
  • Facilitate critical skills in examining the social and cultural meanings of news
  • Provide an ethical understanding of the issues surrounding the production, dissemination and consumption of news media texts

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Timetable

Second Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Computer Lab

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Tuesday 10:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41
A2 Tuesday 16:00-17:50 28-34, 36-41
A3 Thursday 10:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41
A4 Thursday 15:00-16:50 28-34, 36-41

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Monday 14:00-14:50 28-34, 36-41