Journalism Reporting Field Trips: Practical work overseas brings home to students 'real world' implications of their professional preparation

Duffield, Lee R. (2007) Journalism Reporting Field Trips: Practical work overseas brings home to students 'real world' implications of their professional preparation. In Effective Teaching and Learning Conference - 2007: Preparing Students for Work in the Real World, 1 & 2 November, 2007, QUT Brisbane. (Unpublished)

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Journalism students at QUT have been able to do practical work overseas for course credit since 2000, by taking part in organised reporting field trips. Under this voluntary program small groups engage in inter-cultural learning and work as foreign correspondents for campus-based media outlets. To date 52 students have joined eight tours of 10 – 20 days, in nine countries of Europe and the Asia Pacific. They are able to obtain credit for a full elective subject … The program was started as part of a project for internationalisation of the Journalism curriculum … It posits that work in distant and unfamiliar settings will produce more concentration on the task and intensity of learning; it replicates the work of overseas correspondents … Internationalisation of the curriculum is part of a global movement in universities, which concentrates on equipping students for life in a global society and new economy… Therefore the Journalism Reporting Field trips may be seen as contributing if only in a small way to a large movement that is re-shaping the future of learning. This report recounts what happens in the program, and reflects on its implications. It considers outcomes such as students' achievements in completing the program, their academic performance and subsequent professional employment. It is based on close observation by the writer, as convenor of the program and a participant in the reporting trips on three occasions … Literature on internationalisation is consulted to provide the context for this work. The article concludes that the program shows a practical and effective way that principles of the internationalisation movement can be integrated into degree programs.

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ID Code: 10744
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
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Keywords: International journalism, internationalisation, higher education, HERN
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > JOURNALISM AND PROFESSIONAL WRITING (190300) > Journalism Studies (190301)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 Lee R. Duffield and QUT
Deposited On: 14 Nov 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 12:49

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