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Degree of Doubt for Journalism Students



  • Guidelines: This piece does satisfy the requirement of: "The creation of new knowledge and/or the use of existing knowledge in a new and creative way so at generate new concepts, methodologies and understandings." While it is not in a peer-reviewed journal it has certainly created new knowledge of the state of journalism education in Australia. It is, in fact, the most recent survey of student numbers, attitudes, number of graduates employed, mainstream journalism jobs available, etc in any published literature in Australia. Methodology: Several research methodologies were used in the writing of this piece. Firstly, we constructed a quantitative online survey through survey monkey that was circulated to all heads of journalism schools; the results were tabulated and published as the statistical data in the piece. Secondly, several qualitative interviews were undertaken with stakeholders in the issue. All interviews done in the piece were also treated as a pedagogical exercise: the students performed the interviews in class or as homework and we evaluated them to see what the students had learned and what problems had been uncovered (some interviews had to be redone). Lastly, the writing of the piece itself was treated as a pedagogical exercise and as research into problems of how collaborative writing with students could be used as a teaching tool. Outcomes: The results reported in the article are quite scholarly and could stand up in any peer-reviewed journal. They add considerably to current understandings of the state of journalism education in the country, even though the publication venue was a non-peer-reviewed, if national, newspaper.

Publication Record

    Year Published 2012
    Publisher News Ltd
    Published In The Australian
  • Apri 18

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