COMS102-24S2 (D) Semester Two 2024 (Distance)

Introduction to News and Journalism

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 15 July 2024
End Date: Sunday, 10 November 2024
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 28 July 2024
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 29 September 2024


This course provides students with an understanding of how news journalism works and why it looks the way it does. The course includes practical work designed to help students understand news practice from the inside and outside. The focus will be on Aotearoa New Zealand cases and particularly on the representation of te ao Maori in the news.

Learning Outcomes

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

Biculturally competent and confident

Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.

Course Coordinator

Donald Matheson


Tara Ross


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Newswriting Task1 11 Aug 2023 5% in tutorial, Mon 7 Aug - Fri 11 Aug
Newswriting Task2 25 Aug 2023 10%
Newswriting Task3 29 Sep 2023 15%
Essay 15 Sep 2023 25%
Fact Checking 13 Oct 2023 10% in tutorial Mon 9 Oct - Fri 13 Oct
Final exam 25% University scheduled exam
Tutorial Participation 10% in tutorial, weeks 2 - 11 (10 classes)

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $844.00

International fee $3,950.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Language, Social and Political Sciences .

All COMS102 Occurrences

  • COMS102-24S2 (C) Semester Two 2024
  • COMS102-24S2 (D) Semester Two 2024 (Distance)