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Television Journalism




Prerequisites:  JN101 and JN103
Semester 1: Not offered
Semester 2: F at L

The course distinguishes the process involved in writing for television as distinct from other media. It puts stress on teaching visual language skills. Workshops will include video scripting, camera techniques, sound and lighting, location issues, editing with Final Cut Pro, and producing TV news, news features, and documentaries. The focus of the course is journalistic as well as technical. Lecture topics will include the history and development of television/cinema in the Pacific and internationally.


This course has a course code of JN203, the JN prefix meaning it is an Journalism course, and the first digit of the three-number suffix indicating it is a 200-level (a second-year course). In Semester 1, it is Not Offered. In Semester 2, it is offered Face-to-Face (F) at the Laucala Campus (L). The prerequisite for the course is JN101 and JN103. This means a student must have already passed the course JN101 and JN103 before being permitted to register for JN203. The material in JN101 and JN103 is an essential foundation for understanding JN203.

Course Descriptions

Within the course descriptions section the courses appear in strict course code order under the faculty or sections in which they are taught.

Modes of delivery

The following codes provide the official modes of course delivery at the University of the South Pacific (USP).

F = Courses offered in the face-to-face mode P = Courses offered in the print mode B = Courses offered in the blended mode O = Courses offered in the online mode

In today’s dynamic learning environment, while the above modes have specific definitions, it must also be remembered that there may be overlapping features across the four different modes. For example, a face-to-face course may also have selected online and multimedia components. Similarly, print and blended courses may also have some face-to-face tutorials, either delivered by tutors or lecturers at the regional campuses or through audio and video conferences. Furthermore, there may also be selected online and multimedia components. Distance and flexible learning students may be enrolled in any of the following three modes: P, B or O. Flexi-schools are also conducted throughout the region.

The Faculties determine the mode in which a course is delivered and then the information is published in the annual Handbook and Calendar. Moreover, the Faculties also determine the annual flexi-school schedules. Flexi-schools include summer and winter schools that are conducted throughout the year. The Faculty in which the flexi-school course is taught will supply the necessary information.

The information included below provides a detailed explanation of the modes of delivery in the USP context.

Face-to-face (F)

Face-to-face courses are those offered with at least two hours of lectures per week and Face-to face tutorials during the semester of offer; these courses may include the following:

  • Moodle (1-29%: see the ‘Appendix’ at the end of this document); and
  • other forms of learning technologies, for example, mLearning.

Print (P)

Courses offered in the print mode do not offer weekly lectures and face-to-face tutorials during the semester of offer. Print courses are those offered through Distance and Flexible Learning and where the learning materials are provided in a combination of the following course components:

  • Introduction and Assignments book;
  • Course book(s)
  • Course or Study Guide (book)
  • Any other printed materials that are developed by a course writer or subject specialist and the Course Design and Development (CDD-CFDL) team. 

Some courses have regional tutors, in which case, there may be face-to-face tutorials at the regional campuses. However, this is not generally the case. The majority of print courses have videoconference tutorials conducted through REACT.

  • offer satellite tutorials (REACT)
  • may have a regional tutor (in which case, there may be some face to face tutorials)
  • have a Moodle presence (1-29%)
  • may have other forms of learning technologies, for example, mLearning
  • may have selected multimedia, for example, DVD, CDs, etc.

Blended (B)

A blended course is one that blends online and face-to-face delivery. Sometimes blended courses are referred to as hybrid courses. Furthermore, a blended course is one where a substantial proportion of the content, that is, 30-79%, is delivered online, typically uses online discussions, and typically has some face-to-face interaction between student and lecturer or tutor. Blended courses may also have a (print) Course guide or Study guide and can be offered to both Face-to-face- and Distance and Flexible Learning students.

Online (O)

An online course is one where most or all of the content is delivered online and typically has no face-to-face meetings, that is, 80+% is offered in the online mode. All multimedia components of the course will be included in the Learning Management System (LMS) used by the course provider. Moodle is USP’s selected LMS.



offered at Alafua Campus, Apia, Samoa


offered at Cook Islands Campus


offered at Emalus Campus, Port Vila, Vanuatu


offered at Kiribati Campus


offered at Labasa Campus, Labasa, Fiji


offered at Laucala Campus, Suva, Fiji


offered at Lautoka Campus, Lautoka, Fiji


offered at Nauru Campus


offered at Niue Campus


offered at Republic of Marshall Islands Campus


offered at Solomon Islands Campus


offered at Tokelau Campus


offered at Tonga Campus


offered at Tuvalu Campus


offered through all USP campuses


offered through all USP campuses except Laucala


offered through all USP campuses except Emalus


offered through all USP campuses except Laucala & Emalus

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