Disagreed, kinda, I think it's based more on the uni itself tbh. Just finished a (but not yet graduated but will soon) a three year journalism/broadcasting course and we've had 1000 word articles pretty often. Like, pretty much for every class. Those are generally worth more marks, but the smaller articles with less marks are definitely more common. However for classes like Freelance Journalism you get like 2000 word articles for most assignments. But really, overall I think it depends on the lecturer. Since the one that we had for p much 99% of our classes gave us those.