Journalism students and intergenerational change in journalism.

Journalism Education Association
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O'Donnell Penelope 2006, 'Journalism students and intergenerational change in journalism.', Journalism Education Association, vol. 28, no. 1, pp. 23-42.
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This article presents a response to the question: "Is there more to journalism education than workforce reproduction through socialisation to the profession and, if so, what is it?" The response is developed in two parts. The first presents the findings of a 2001 study of University of Technology, Sydney journalism students, their career trajectories and approaches to professional journalism practice. That study provided the means to identify different types of students and career aspirations. It found "confident practice" was a highly prized yet previously unexplored educational outcome. This finding, in turn, pointed to the need to reconsider the nature of the relationship between the university system and the news media. The second part of the article canvasses existing Australian ideas about professional education in journalism before introducing new theoretical resources that offer a more robust means of considering the purpose and significance of the educational endeavour in relation to both reproduction and change in journalism. The article argues that the discussion of intergenerational change in journalism needs to include the viewpoints of journalism students as key stakeholders in journalism's future, and be mindful of the full gamut of their career aspirations, the wide range of innovative and critical educational initiatives found in the journalism curricula they study, and the educational outcomes they prize most highly.
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