Course Outline

CMN277 Video production and television journalism

Course Coordinator:Rosanna Natoli ( School:School of Business and Creative Industries

2022Semester 2

UniSC Sunshine Coast

UniSC Moreton Bay

Blended learning Most of your course is on campus but you may be able to do some components of this course online.


Online You can do this course without coming onto campus.

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teaching sessions and campuses where this course is usually offered.

What is this course about?


Moving pictures lead to content that is informative, exciting, engaging and entertaining. This course will introduce you to the skills necessary to create video for digital platforms and broadcast  journalism. You will develop the writing, technical and presenting skills necessary to produce dynamic media content, for broadcast and digital environments. This is a highly practical course where you will learn content planning and create professional industry products. By completing the activities, you will gain an appreciation of the skills required for successful broadcast journalism and video creation for the web. 

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
Learning materials – Self-directed, online, pre-workshop eLecture content 1hr Week 1 13 times
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – On-campus, scheduled, face-to-face workshop 2hrs Week 1 10 times
Seminar – Live, face-to-face seminar (Will also be recorded) 2hrs Throughout teaching period (refer to Format) Once Only
Information session – Online, assessment task information session 1hr Week 4 4 times
Learning materials – Self-directed, online, pre-workshop eLecture content 1hr Week 1 13 times
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – Interactive, scheduled, online workshop (Will also be recorded) 2hrs Week 1 10 times
Seminar – Recording of live seminar 2hrs Throughout teaching period (refer to Format) Once Only
Information session – Online, assessment task information session (Will also be recorded) 1hr Week 4 4 times

Course Topics

Writing for television and video

Broadcast industry conventions

Interviewing for video news

Shooting video 

Editing video 

Presenting to camera


Ethics in broadcast and video 

What level is this course?

200 Level (Developing)

Building on and expanding the scope of introductory knowledge and skills, developing breadth or depth and applying knowledge and skills in a new context. May require pre-requisites where discipline specific introductory knowledge or skills is necessary. Normally, undertaken in the second or third full-time year of an undergraduate programs.

What is the unit value of this course?

12 units

How does this course contribute to my learning?

Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to... Graduate Qualities Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming...
1 Apply news judgement in a broadcast/digital journalism environment and observe legal and ethical obligations. Knowledgeable
2 Effectively manipulate technology to produce broadcast/digital journalism products. Creative and critical thinker
3 Independently plan and create high quality, accurate and engaging television/video stories. Empowered

Am I eligible to enrol in this course?

Refer to the UniSC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.


Not applicable


Not applicable


Not applicable

Specific assumed prior knowledge and skills (where applicable)

This is a second level course so a demonstrated understanding of broadcast news writing, media ethics, news values and video production is required. This course builds upon radio newswriting, and video shooting and editing skills equivalent to those acquired in introductory level courses.

How am I going to be assessed?

Grading Scale

Standard Grading (GRD)

High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).

Details of early feedback on progress

A short online quiz must be completed prior to the end of Week 3. Formative feedback and peer review of writing exercises will be provided in workshops.

Assessment tasks

Delivery mode Task No. Assessment Product Individual or Group Weighting % What is the duration / length? When should I submit? Where should I submit it?
All 1 Artefact - Professional, and Written Piece Individual 25%
1 minute
Week 5 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All 2 Artefact - Professional, and Written Piece Individual 25%
1-minute video with corresponding video script and intro.
Week 9 Online Submission
All 3 Artefact - Professional, and Written Piece Individual 50%
1 minute 20 second edited television story, and script, plus 15 second newsreader intro (script-only).
Exam Period Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All - Assessment Task 1:Vox Pop Video Story
Demonstrate the ability to identify, gather and edit video material within a defined time period to create an engaging video vox pop. Also demonstrate an understanding of the principles of broadcast scripting.
Product: Artefact - Professional, and Written Piece
You will develop a newsworthy question and find at least five people to interview. You will edit these responses to be a self-contained 1-minute vox pop story and write the reader introduction for the story, along with a transcript. Your completed vox pop will be uploaded to YouTube and the link submitted with the transcript.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Quality of reader introduction and transcript
1 3
News value of the story
Quality of interviews conducted
2 3
Demonstration of appropriate video editing techniques to create an engaging story
1 2 3
All - Assessment Task 2:Social Media News Video and Script
Demonstrate an understanding of the way social media is used for news and how elements of technology are implemented in television/video journalism practice.
Product: Artefact - Professional, and Written Piece
You will write and present a social media news clip. This will be recorded, edited and presented in accordance with industry convention. Your completed video will be uploaded to YouTube and the link submitted with the transcript.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Demonstrated understanding of the conventions of video news
Appropriate use of technology to manipulate video, audio and overlay quality
Demonstrated capacity to edit visual and audio elements to create a complete package
1 2 3
Appropriate delivery and presentation of elements to camera
Adherence to broadcast news writing style, grammar and punctuation
All - Assessment Task 3:Television/Video News Production
Independently plan, research and create an engaging video story, demonstrating an understanding of news values, format conventions and technology in broadcast journalism.  Demonstrate proficiency with shooting and editing technology and software. Produce appropriate presentation elements.
Product: Artefact - Professional, and Written Piece
You will produce a 1 minute 20 second (1:20) video featuring an original news story suitable for viewing in a television news bulletin, plus a written transcript including newsreader intro. You will shoot your raw footage with a mobile phone or video cameras provided by the university, and edit your footage using a program provided by the university, or similar. You will include voice over and a standup. Your completed package will be uploaded to YouTube and the link submitted with the transcript.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Story Selection - Demonstrated understanding of news values
Story Section - Selection of suitable interview sources
1 3
Story Section - Demonstrated understanding of the constraints of broadcast news
Scripts – Demonstrated understanding of writing style for broadcast including spelling, grammar and punctuation
Scripts - Demonstrated application of formatting, timing and scripting conventions.
Production - Demonstrated manipulation of technology and software for shooting video
2 3
Production - Demonstrated application of appropriate editing techniques for news
2 3
Production - Demonstrated production and implementation of appropriate voice over and standup presentations
2 3

Directed study hours

A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.

What resources do I need to undertake this course?

Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.

Prescribed text(s) or course reader

There are no required/recommended resources for this course.

Specific requirements

Students undertaking the workshops FACE-TO-FACE will be required to bring headphones to every class. You will be required to bring a hard drive or very large capacity USB to every class. You may use a video camera provided by the university or a mobile phone to record video. If you choose mobile (highly recommended), you will need a cable to transfer files from your mobile phone to a computer at each class - this is typically your charging cable.

Students undertaking the workshops ONLINE will require a mobile phone or video recording device and will require a cable to transfer video footage from the device to a computer. Access to a tripod and microphone is highly recommended. Details will be available on Canvas.

This course requires some commercial software or hardware which is provided at USC campuses for student use. If you elect to do this course ONLINE, you may either: attend a campus at which it is available, discuss alternative open source solutions with your course coordinator that would enable you to demonstrate the learning outcomes, or if you prefer, you may acquire this software and / or hardware at your own expense.

How are risks managed in this course?

Risk assessments have been performed for all field activities and a low level of health and safety risk exists. Some risks concerns may include working in an unknown environment as well as slip and trip hazards. It is your responsibility to review course material, search online, discuss with lecturers and peers and understand the health and safety risks associated with your specific course of study and to familiarise yourself with the University’s general health and safety principles by reviewing the online induction training for students, and following the instructions of the University staff.

What administrative information is relevant to this course?

Assessment: Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is the ethical standard of university participation.  It ensures that students graduate as a result of proving they are competent in their discipline.  This is integral in maintaining the value of academic qualifications. Each industry has expectations and standards of the skills and knowledge within that discipline and these are reflected in assessment.

Academic integrity means that you do not engage in any activity that is considered to be academic fraud; including plagiarism, collusion or outsourcing any part of any assessment item to any other person.  You are expected to be honest and ethical by completing all work yourself and indicating in your work which ideas and information were developed by you and which were taken from others. You cannot provide your assessment work to others. You are also expected to provide evidence of wide and critical reading, usually by using appropriate academic references.

In order to minimise incidents of academic fraud, this course may require that some of its assessment tasks, when submitted to Canvas, are electronically checked through Turnitin.  This software allows for text comparisons to be made between your submitted assessment item and all other work to which Turnitin has access.

Assessment: Additional Requirements

Your eligibility for supplementary assessment in a course is dependent of the following conditions applying:

The final mark is in the percentage range 47% to 49.4%
The course is graded using the Standard Grading scale
You have not failed an assessment task in the course due to academic misconduct.

Assessment: Submission penalties

Late submission of assessment tasks may be penalised at the following maximum rate: 
- 5% (of the assessment task's identified value) per day for the first two days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- 10% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the third day - 20% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the fourth day and subsequent days up to and including seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- A result of zero is awarded for an assessment task submitted after seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. Weekdays and weekends are included in the calculation of days late. To request an extension you must contact your course coordinator to negotiate an outcome.


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