BMA0J302 – News Production 2

Module code
Module title
News Production 2
This module aims to refine the skills gathered throughout the Journalism pathway to enable students to function efficiently as working journalists. Emphasis is placed on advanced reporting in areas such as hard news, backgrounders, opinion pieces, profiles and complex news assignments for a variety of news platforms.
  • BM9601
NZQA Level
Level 7
NZQA Credits
Delivery method
  • Web-Based
Learning hours
Directed hours
Self directed hours
Total learning hours
Resources required
Learning Outcomes
2.1 Understand the values, strategies and methodologies which inform current professional practice in journalism and the media
- compare, analyse and evaluate selected texts identifying issues relevant to a specific contemporary practice
- analyse a selection of current works and identify the specific methods used in their production
- compare significant changes in research methods of practice and production strategies for production relevant to a specific contemporary practice in a specific media context over a specific timeframe
- develop and implement a strategy for the production of work which explicitly applies the contextual analysis of values from journalism and media
- evaluate self practice using normative criteria derived from a current domain
- plan and implement a conventional presentation of own works
- develop critical synergies between representative texts, examples of work and self practice

2.2 Understand an integrated, reflective process for responding to situations in a print journalism context
- discuss, identify and evaluate the issues within project briefs
- research, analyse and incorporate negotiated criteria for self-directed writing projects
- integrate acquired practical, communication and analytical skills in the process of responding to works of print journalism
- individualise a self-critical process for developing and refining ideas
- show evidence of drawing together and applying skills and knowledge acquired in previous and concurrent courses to selected projects

2.3 Develop an understanding of ethical standards in writing
- analyse, discuss and critically assess different ethical philosophies in news problem solving
- analyse, discuss and demonstrate ability to integrate industry codes of ethics into personal practice
- demonstrate an understanding of, and incorporate, privacy issues in news gathering and writing
- demonstrate knowledge of the concept of breach of confidence

2.4 Apply professional standards of news writing to complex documents
- analyse and evaluate detailed multi-source information
- apply recognised Western news conventions
- produce and test appropriate graphic and photographic images to accompany texts
- plan and analyse the writing process for a variety of news platforms
- develop and refine a range of articles for a variety of news platforms

2.5 Apply professional standards of news writing to extended news formats
- research, analyse and critically discuss background information
- identify and refine ideas on topical issues
- develop and refine extended formats

2.6 Demonstrate competency in monitoring and evaluating own performance within a professional context
- demonstrate the ability to extend a writing brief with individual, negotiated criteria
- consider and reflect upon the relationship between an adopted process and the final product
- continuously self-evaluate performances independent of institutional assessment
- participate in self/peer critiques for ongoing formative assessment
- critically consider, discuss and document self-performances for regular graded assessment
- actively participate in, and facilitate, group and class critiques

2.7 Comprehend the process of graded assessment
- actively participate in class and group critiques and presentations
- consider and reflect upon the relationship between the information gathering process and the final product for normative evaluation
- participate in summative assessment
3.1 Ethical considerations
Range: intrusion of grief, treatment of victims, taste, bad language, gifts/freebies, use of deception, disclosure of identity and purpose, door-stepping, ambush interviews, direct quote use, anonymous sources, confidentiality, making corrections, declaration of personal interest, membership of groups, commercial pressure, pre-publication copy checks, interview conditions, embargoes, self-censorship, chequebook journalism.

3.2 Complex documents
Annual reports
Company reports
Incident reports
Institutional briefings/memoranda
Academic writing

3.3 Extended news formats for print, radio and internet
Hard news
Personal profiles
Current affairs features
Opinion pieces/columns

3.4 Range of photographs
Editorial, legal and ethical requirements
Head shots
Group shots
Wide shots
Close shots

3.5 Communicating with a range of cultures
Content of interest to a Mori audience
New Zealand cultural identities
Content from at least one other culture
Modes of address appropriate to the audience
Learning and Teaching Resource
Lecturer prescribes industry or professional focus in project brief.
Students negotiate criteria.
Lecturer monitors students' progress through the time management of individual projects.
Students contribute to research of course content.
Students research briefs to extend and individualise projects.
Students identify problems with their process and adopt strategies to address those problems.
Lecturer prescribes issues, students identify specific questions in relation to those issues.
Students initiate times for critiques.
Students participate in formal assessed presentations of their work.
Students contribute to the delivery of course content.
Students negotiate and define criteria and procedures for graded assessment.
Graded assessment performed by self, peers and tutor.