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Siren Watcher Diploma of Journalism

Siren Watcher Diploma of Journalism:

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Completed Units:

Broadcast Research and Production

Unit outcomes:

    • Researching stories for radio and television.
    • Analysis of formats within each medium.
    • The role of researchers and producers.
    • Writing newsbreaks, breaking stories.
    • 30 second voiceovers for television news and current affairs.
    • Preparing research briefs.
    • Compilation of news and current affairs.
    • Structuring a bulletin.
    • Comparing commercial and non-commercial news.
    • Identifying target audiences.
    • Roles and responsibilities of production staff.
    • Producing television programs.
    • Story presentation for television.
    • Terminology and style guidelines.


News Reporting

Unit outcomes:

    • Source of news stories:
      • News rounds and contacts.
      • Media releases and contacts.
    • Freedom of Information Act.
    • Writing news sentences and introductions.
    • News styles – numbers, dates, spelling, punctuation, grammar.
    • Structure of news stories.
    • News interviews.
    • Reporting information.
    • Reporting speech.
    • Political and court reporting.
    • Council reporting.
    • Reporting from news releases.
    • Journalistic ethics.
    • News rounds.
    • The news conference.


Media Presentation

Unit outcomes:

    • Voice presentation skills.
    • Techniques for improving enunciation, pace and projection.
    • Developing a professional media persona.
    • Projecting the voice and conveying personality on radio.
    • Researching and understanding your content.
    • TV presentation skills.
    • Grooming, body language and facial expression.
    • Analysis of TV talent and role models.
    • On-camera techniques.
    • Writing, shaping and timing the script.
    • Presenting pieces to camera.
    • News and lifestyle – how they differ.


Radio Journalism

Unit outcomes:

    • Radio news, current affairs and features.
    • Writing for radio.
    • Writing radio news copy.
    • Voice development.
    • Developed interview skills.
    • Interviewing for news and interviewing for current affairs.
    • Familiarisation with portable and studio equipment.
    • Recording and using actuality.
    • Preparing and recording voice reports.
    • MiniDisc editing and dubbing.
    • Computer audio editing – ProTools LE.
    • Preparing carts from various sources.
    • Compiling a news bulletin.
    • Preparing air shifts.
    • Understanding radio demography.
    • Program planning and production.
    • Professional replay of programs.



Certificate course taken at the University of Technology Sydney. Please see Certificate section.


Television Journalism

Unit outcomes:

    • Writing for television news:
      • Scripting of news stories.
      • Writing links for stories.
      • Picture selection/shot lists.
    • On-camera presentation:
      • Stand ups.
      • Reversal questions.
      • Cutaways.
      • Studio presentation
      • Reading autocue
    • Interviewing for television.
    • Editing/post production.
    • Basic voice production.
    • Story research.


Feature Writing

Unit outcomes:

    • Magazine and newspaper styles.
    • Feature story leads.
    • Structure of feature stories.
    • Interviews for features.
    • Personality profiles.
    • Writing opinion.
    • Writing features for publication.


Professional Practice

Unit outcomes:

    • Professional conduct.
    • News judgement.
    • Practical grammar and punctuation.
    • Writing styles.
    • Ethics.
    • Current Affairs.
    • Major Australian news events and personalities.
    • Research skills.


Media Law

Unit outcomes:

    • The Common Law System.
    • Law of defamation.
    • Intellectual property – Copyright, Trademarks and Patents.
    • Confidentiality.
    • The Broadcasting Act.
    • Broadcasting standards and ‘Codes of Practice’.
    • Contempt of court and Parliament.
    • Media self-regulation – The Press Council.
    • The Federal Privacy Regime.
    • Trespass to land the Law of nuisance.
    • Anti-discrimination law.


Video Journalism

Unit outcomes:

    • Understanding of the new media environment with a focus on online video journalism.
    • Multiskilling techniques including:
      • Filming overlay sequences and interviews.
      • Recording sound.
      • Video Editing using Final Cut Pro.
      • Writing videojournalism scripts, specialising in short packages.
      • Presenting techniques, including pieces-to-camera and voiceovers.


Print Editing and Production

Unit outcomes:

    • Designing a page layout using templated typography and dimensions.
    • Importing copy and pictures into an InDesign template.
    • Copy fitting.
    • Writing headlines, intros and captions.
    • Selecting and inserting pull quotes.
    • Selecting, sizing and positioning picture illustrations.
    • Layout.
    • Correcting page proofs.
    • Electronic file management.


News Research and the Internet

Unit outcomes:

    • Web based tools for reporters.
    • Useful websites for reporters.
    • Learning to search and not surf.
    • Online pitfalls for reporters.
    • Traditional reporting resources on the internet.
    • New and emerging internet resources.
    • Evaluating website reliability.
    • Adopting efficient, online research routines.
    • News monitoring on the internet.
    • Awareness of media manipulation.



Unit outcomes:

    • Single Lens Reflex Camera (film) operation and practice.
    • Editorial photography – theory and practice.
    • Introduction to visual literacy.
    • Questions of ethical practice.
    • Composition and lighting/flash.
    • Film types and digital cameras.


Career Planning/Job Seeking Skills

Unit outcomes:

    • Career goal setting.
    • Planning and decision-making.
    • Strategic job searching:
      • Networking.
      • Organisation research/exploration.
      • Self-organisation.
      • Self-marketing/presentation.
    • Resume preparation and presentation.
    • Letter writing.
    • Job interviews.



Unit outcomes:

    • Checking stories for accuracy.
    • Correcting grammar, spelling and punctuation.
    • Re-writing copy.
    • Writing headlines.
    • Writing introductions.
    • Writing captions.
    • Fitting copy to page layout.
    • Proof-reading.
    • Using the Internet as a research tool.


Public Relations

Unit outcomes:

    • Understanding of Australian public relations practice.
    • Pitching to Journalists.
    • Identifying publics.
    • Examples of public relations activities and programs.
    • Media relations.
    • Writing media releases.
    • Planning PR Campaigns.
    • Issues management.
    • Managing interviews.


Computer Layout and Design

Unit outcomes:

    • Enter and import text.
    • Character and paragraph formatting.
    • Creating and using styles.
    • Manipulating images.
    • Wrapping text.
    • Lines and colours.
    • Inserting and deleting pages.
    • Master pages.


Computer Studies

Unit outcomes:

    • Powerpoint
      • Create slide and presentations.
      • Add graphs, tables, pictures and word art.
      • Format and animate text.
      • Present a slide show.
      • Prepare notes and handouts.
      • Insert action buttons and hyperlinks.
    • Photoshop:
      • Various selection methods.
      • Image retouching.
      • Colour.
      • Cloning to remove unwanted objects.
      • Cropping.
      • Contrast brightness and levels.
      • Image sharpening.
      • Changing image modes.
      • Layers and layer properties.
      • Resizing images for print.


Word Processing

Unit outcomes:

    • Creating, editing, saving and retrieving documents.
    • Formatting, moving and copying text and paragraphs.
    • Paragraph and text styles.
    • Headers and footers.
    • Searching, replacing and sorting text.
    • Creating newspaper columns.
    • Spelling and proof reading.
    • Inserting breaks, symbols.
    • Importing and manipulating graphics.
    • Designing newsletters.
    • Page setup and printing.
    • Mail merge.
    • Tables.
    • Styles.



Unit outcomes:

    • Typing Speed: 75 words per minute
    • Accuracy: 100 percent.
    • Completed a course in Keyboarding.


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