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Literary and Narrative Journalism - MDIA5009
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Campus: Kensington Campus
Career: Postgraduate
Units of Credit: 6
EFTSL: 0.12500 (more info)
Indicative Contact Hours per Week: 2
Enrolment Requirements:
Prerequisite: Enrolment in one of the following postgradute programs, 8222, 9214, 5222, 5214 or program 8224 in the Journalism and Communication specialisation
CSS Contribution Charge:Band 1 (more info)
Further Information: See Class Timetable


The course will give students the opportunity to plan and execute a strong, publishable work of narrative journalism. This course centres on long-form narrative magazine writing, but with an eye on how to develop a book project. Students will read and discuss a variety of provocative pieces of literary journalism from the past few decades, while also researching and writing a 4000-word article of their own. Students study the art of narrative journalism: the controlled delivery and interplay of character, scene, plot, perspective, dialogue and description; examining the craft’s practicalities, including selecting topics and locations, staying on target, keeping notes and records, using photography, targeting publications or publishers, and writing magazine pitches and book proposals. Entry to this course will be at the discretion of the academic program co-ordinator of the Masters in Journalism and Communication.

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