Singapore University of Social Sciences

Multimedia Public Affairs Reporting

Multimedia Public Affairs Reporting (COM355)

Applications Open: 01 October 2020

Applications Close: 15 December 2020

Next Available Intake: January 2021

Course Types: Modular Undergraduate Course

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: $1378 View More Details on Fees

Area of Interest: Humanities & Social Sciences

Schemes: Lifelong Learning Credit (L2C)

Funding: To be confirmed

School/Department: School of Humanities & Behavioural Sciences

Level: 3
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every January
E-Learning: BLENDED - Learning is done MAINLY online using interactive study materials in Canvas. Students receive guidance and support from online instructors via discussion forums and emails. This is supplemented with SOME face-to-face sessions. If the course has an exam component, this will be administered on-campus.


  • Basic News Concepts
  • Media Convergence & Other Journalism Trends
  • Scope of Public Affairs Reporting
  • Gathering Information for Public Affairs Reporting
  • Doing a Photo Essay
  • Doing an audio report
  • Pre-Production
  • Production
  • Generating story ideas for features
  • Choosing a story angle
  • Editing
  • Ethics

Learning Outcome

  • Critique how media convergence is reshaping the news industry and the work of a journalist.
  • Discuss the scope of public affairs news and how it is different from general news and feature stories.
  • Write newsworthy, engaging news content with strong story angles.
  • Examine the differences between writing for online news sites, social media platforms and videos.
  • Develop quality of news content based on newsworthiness and ethical/legal issues within journalism.
  • Appy theoretical journalism concepts to the coverage of public affairs issues.
  • Plan information-gathering process for multimedia news stories (e.g. interviews, storyboarding).
  • Prepare relevant information and media footage for multimedia news stories.
  • Formulate a set of best practices for constructing stories using sounds, videos, still images/graphics and text on online platforms.
  • Create multimedia public affairs news content.
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