Australian journalism students' motivations and job expectations : evidence from a survey across six universities

Hanusch, Folker (2012) Australian journalism students' motivations and job expectations : evidence from a survey across six universities. Australian Journalism Review, 34(2), pp. 85-98.

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The value of tertiary journalism education is an often hotly-debated topic among journalism educators and in the industry. Yet, the voices of students are often not heard in these debates. For example, we know relatively little about why young people actually decide to study journalism, what area of journalism they want to work in and what they are looking for in a job. To shed more light on the student perspective, this paper reports on a survey of 320 undergraduate journalism students at six Australian universities. The results show that only a minority actually want to work in news journalism, while most prefer entertainment-focussed areas. Students are motivated mainly by a love for writing and because they like journalism as a profession. In terms of job characteristics, they are particularly interested in their own career progression, but also in the extent to which they can provide a public service.

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ID Code: 68325
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: journalism student, professional view, job expectation, motivation, survey
ISSN: 0810-2686
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > JOURNALISM AND PROFESSIONAL WRITING (190300) > Journalism Studies (190301)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Current > Schools > Journalism, Media & Communication
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Journalism Education Association of Australia Inc.
Deposited On: 12 Mar 2014 06:45
Last Modified: 15 Mar 2014 16:04

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