Tuesday, 07 July 2015
Journalism students will be the big winners from a new $90,000 Fellowship awarded to ECU Associate Professor Trevor Cullen.
Professor Cullen will use the Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT) grant to ensure students graduate with the capabilities sought after by news organisations.
He will address concerns that journalism courses vary considerably in structure and content by developing new guidelines for the design and implementation of a final year ‘capstone’ unit for all 29 Australian universities currently offering journalism courses.
ECU Vice-Chancellor Professor Steve Chapman congratulated Professor Cullen on the Fellowship.
“With more than 15 years’ experience in teaching journalism at universities, Professor Cullen is ideally suited to ensuring journalism courses provide students with the skills to succeed in the changing media landscape,” he said.
“This Fellowship is also recognition of the excellent reputation that ECU's journalism and broadcast lecturers hold nationally.”
Professor Cullen, from ECU’s School of Communications and Arts, said his aim is to help graduates to better demonstrate their journalistic capabilities to employers.
“Journalism education should ensure that graduates have access to a broad education, develop research and analytical skills and acquire competent writing and digital skills to succeed in the ever changing media industry,” he said.
It is believed to be the first OLT National Teaching Fellowship grant awarded to a journalism educator in Australia.
Previous ECU staff to win a prestigious OLT Fellowship include Professors Ron Oliver, Cobie Rudd and Lynne Cohen.
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