Graduate careers in journalism, media and communications within and outside the sector : early career outcomes, trajectories and capabilities

Bridgstock, Ruth S. & Cunningham, Stuart D. (2014) Graduate careers in journalism, media and communications within and outside the sector : early career outcomes, trajectories and capabilities. In Hearn, Greg, Bridgstock, Ruth, Goldsmith, Ben, & Rodgers, Jess (Eds.) Creative Work Beyond the Creative Industries : Innovation, Employment and Education. Edward Elgar Publishing Company, pp. 226-244.

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Abstract

This chapter addresses the radical paucity of empirical data about the career destinations of journalism, media and communications graduates from degree programs. We report findings from a study of ten years of graduates from Queensland University of Technology’s courses in journalism, media, and communication studies, using a ‘Creative Trident’ lens to analyse micro individual survey data. The study findings engage with creative labour precarity discussions, and also assertions of creative graduate oversupply suggested by national graduate outcome statistics. We describe the graduates’ employment outcomes, characterise their early career movements into and out of embedded and specialist employment, and compare the capability requirements and degree of course relevance reported by graduates employed in the different Trident segments. Given that in general the graduates in this study enjoyed very positive employment outcomes, but that there were systematic differences in reported course relevance by segment of employment and role, we also consider how university programs can best engage with the task of educating students for a surprisingly diverse range of media and communication-related occupational outcomes within and outside the creative industries.

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ID Code: 72788
Item Type: Book Chapter
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Keywords: graduate destinations, higher education, journalism, media and communications, HERN
ISBN: 9781782545699
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Higher Education (130103)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100) > Communication Studies (200101)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100) > Media Studies (200104)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Edward Elgar Publishing Company
Deposited On: 15 Jun 2014 22:46
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2015 15:14

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