There is still a lack of agreement about what skills journalism graduates need for employment in the industry and how these can be demonstrated and assured. The variability in courses has contributed to significant differences in standards and difficulties in measuring graduate capabilities.
In response to this situation, this 2015 OLT National Teaching Fellowship project involves working with both journalism educators and news editors throughout Australia to design a new journalism capstone unit to enable graduate to demonstrate their capabilities more accurately and consistently.
While no one is proposing a unified tertiary journalism curriculum, there must be a way to identify the minimum standards and test capabilities to be met by a graduate from a bachelor-level degree or enrolled in a major in the field of journalism. There is much to be gained from collaboration to develop consistent assessment criteria and standards.
Office for Learning and Teaching – OLT National Teaching Fellowship
July 2015 – February 2017
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