Australian journalism students’ professional views and news consumption: Results from a representative study

Hanusch, Folker, Clifford, Katrina, Davies, Kayt, English, Peter, Fulton, Janet, Lindgren, Mia, O'Donnell, Penny, Price, Jenna, Richards, Ian, & Zion, Lawrie (2015) Australian journalism students’ professional views and news consumption: Results from a representative study. Australian Journalism Review, 37(1), pp. 5-19.

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Journalism education’s role in shaping students’ professional views has been a topic of interest among scholars for the past decade in particular. Increasing numbers of studies are concerned with examining students’ backgrounds and views in order to identify what role exposure to the tertiary environment may play in socializing them into the industry. This study reports on the results of the largest survey of Australian journalism students undertaken to date, with a sample size of 1884 students. The study finds that time spent studying journalism appears to be related to changes in role perceptions and news consumption. Final-year students are significantly more likely to support journalism’s watchdog role and to reject consumer-oriented and ‘loyal’ roles. They also consume more news than first-year students. On the other hand, journalism education appears to have little impact on views of controversial practices, with only marginal differences between final- and first-year students.

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ID Code: 90391
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: HERN
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)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Digital Media Research Centre
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Current > Schools > Journalism, Media & Communication
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia
Deposited On: 17 Nov 2015 04:33
Last Modified: 22 Nov 2015 06:05

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