Work experience at major events: Is it worth the bother?

Patching, Roger M. (2001) Work experience at major events: Is it worth the bother? Asia Pacific Media Educator, pp. 129-140.

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Tertiary journalism students have had a smorgasbord of work experience opportunities at major sporting events over the past couple of years. But for many - especially those who volunteered for the Sydney 2000 Olympics - the experience was one of disappointment. This paper chronicles some of the major work experience opportunities afforded students in recent times and concludes that a more productive arrangement with event organisers looking for willing helpers from journalism schools need to be put in place to avert disappointing student journalists looking for “real journalism experience‿.

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ID Code: 235
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Some of the contents of this journal can be freely accessed online via the journal’s web page (
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Keywords: journalism, work experience, Sydney Olympics
ISSN: 1326-365X
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 2001 University of Wollongong
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher: This journal is available online.
Deposited On: 24 Jun 2004 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 12:21

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