Monday, August 4, 2008

What is wrong with this semester?

Well, it's not bad actually.

I'm just going to give you a quick run-down of what I'll be doing for my FINAL SEMESTER OF UNIVERSITY EVER. I'm sure that statement won't come back to bite me on the bum, no siree!

Anyhow, first up for the film and video side of my degree I'll be kicking things off with Psychoanalysis and Cinema.

A whole bunch of reading, a whole bunch o' Hitchcock and one freakin' big essay (3000 words). Okay, so maybe it's not that big. Maybe I can treat it like one convoluted feature article, let's see how that goes. Anyhow, it seems like a good ol' fashioned theory unit which I should pass.

Then we move onto Screen Evolution.

Now this is an odd one. It's technically a theory unit, but we get to make about 4 short films in it, but they have to relate to the theoretical aspects of the unit, which is to with exploring the screen.

That means exploring the possibilities and theories behind screen technology, and how they have enhanced our perception of the world around us. It's a theory unit which has heavy production elements, which is odd.

Onto the journalism units which is why you're all here...either that or you googled porn and the result was this blog. Hard to say.

Anyhow, the first unit is Freelance journalism.

This is very much an independent study unit, with students given four articles to write of varying lengths. It is then our task to go out and contact various newsrooms and see if they want to buy the story we're writing. Which is awesome because if your article is any good, you can apply for a staffer position after your degree is finished.

We also get paid for our articles which is totally awesome for a uni student.

The second journalism unit is Business Journalism.

This unit is designed to give students a grounding in economic principles and theory, so they won't feel daunted when their editor tells them to do a market wrap or to write about regulations surrounding a company recently floated on the ASX.

I've done a teensy little bit of this in the past, but I'm still learning quite a bit at this stage which can only make me more employable.

Plus we get to play Monopoly!

Anyhow, this post was for all those of you who were curious about what I'm doing this semester.

Don't worry, normal service will resume soon and youll have some rants about the climate and journalism at large.

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