Journalism Thesis Part 1 (JOUR90015)
Dr Jeff Sparrow
Centre for Advancing Journalism
This video is for students interested in enrolling in Journalism Thesis. It is intended as a supplement to the handbook entry on the subject.
The minor thesis requires the production of a twelve-thousand word essay drawing on considerable reading and research, and making a sustained argument. Many students, particularly if they are not accustomed to academic research and writing, find it a considerable challenge. For others, it can be rewarding and stimulating.
What do I need to know before starting?
Some of the main responsibilities as a research student include:
- Being self-directed in your learning and research. Unlike most undergraduate subjects, a minor thesis depends on you working alone and taking initiative
- Making good progress. A minor thesis is twelve thousand words and cannot be written in a rush. You will be expected to work methodically throughout the entire year
- Being proactive. Your supervisor will give you advice but it will be up to you to raise any issues – good or bad – with your supervisors as soon as they arise
What skills are I required to develop to succeed in the minor thesis journey?
The minor thesis journey requires a high level of skills such as:
- Time management skills
- Library research skills
- Critical analysis of relevant literature
- Key writing skills (eg structuring the thesis and its components, building and presenting arguments, referencing, proof reading)
- Document keeping and version control
- Presentation skills
Fore more information please consult the Handbook entry.