The 1997 top ten survey: students' views of what makes news

Patching, Roger M. & Hirst, Martin (1998) The 1997 top ten survey: students' views of what makes news. Australian Journalism Review, 20(2), pp. 129-156.


Have you ever wondered how journalism students learn to differentiate the 'important' story from the daily dross that journalism inevitably throws up? We have. This paper examines the choices journalism students make when they're asked to nominate a 'top ten'from a finite list of stories. It syggests the possible news values they apply to their selection of the ten best stories over a 12 month period. As a second measure of ability to comprehend and apply news values we also examine the students' ability to correctly locate countries on a map: a test of their political geography. We offer some tentative conclusions about the students' willingness to engage with the 'difficult' stories about politics and economics, rather than the 'easy shot' news of celebrities, disasters and sporting heroes.

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ID Code: 232
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Journalism, Communications, Students, Education, Attitudes, Surveys, Geography, Journalism education, General knowledge
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100) > Communication and Media Studies not elsewhere classified (200199)
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 1998 Journalism Education Association
Deposited On: 24 Jun 2004 00:00
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2011 14:40

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