The future of journalism - now
The internet, social media and digital technologies have given journalists more tools and opportunities to tell compelling stories than ever before. They've also introduced new pressures and competitors. Deadlines are now minute-by-minute, even second-by-second. Buzzfeed, the website that gave us funny cat stories now publishes investigative journalism and has found itself barred from White House press briefings. Oh yes, and there's also that thing that wouldn't exist without the internet - fake news ... KJB101: Computational Journalism is designed to give you the knowledge to understand the future of the news media and the skills to start producing multiplatform news.
KJB101 uses a combination of online and face-to-face learning activities. A full outline of these can be found on the KJB102 Blackboard site. Workshops give you the opportunity to develop your skills in multiplatform journalism and reflect on the rapidly changing nature of news. QUT is part of the Innovation in Modern Journalism project, a world-first collaboration with Fairfax Media, that provides you with a textbook, written by Simon Holt, Editor-in-Chief of the Brisbane Times, and exclusive video insights into the modern newsroom.
If you don't want an office job, then journalism is an extremely good career choice!
It's important that you allocate yourself to a workshop as soon as possible and you do this through your QUT student profile. If you find yourself allocated to a workshop that clashes with another class, or other unavoidable commitments (e.g. work, family), go here and follow the instructions. It is extremely unlikely that you will not get the tutorial time you need, so there's no need to worry!
What you'll be learning
Computational Journalism provides foundational skills in multiplatform journalism production and gives you the opportunity to understand the current news media environment, and how it will change in the future. Topics are divided into three main areas:
Fake News: If Ron Burgundy can spot it, so can you!
- The nature of multiplatform news
- Fake news and fact checking
- Multiplatform journalism production
There are three assessment items in KJB101:
- A short multiple-choice test
- A website evaluation and critique
- A multimedia background report
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University is an amazing experience that will change your life! It's also pretty daunting and confusing at times! There is no such thing as a stupid question; in fact, as professional communicators it's often our job to ask stupid questions! So, if you have a question, please ask your lecturers, tutors, or the university admin staff. Remember, most of these people at some stage were students too, so we know what it's like.