Utilizing mentoring feedback in journalism work placements: producing work-ready graduates for the 21st century newsroom

Forbes, Amy (2009) Utilizing mentoring feedback in journalism work placements: producing work-ready graduates for the 21st century newsroom. In: NZACE 2009 Conference Proceedings: using experience and research to inform the practice of work-integrated learning , pp. 1-4. From: NZACE Annual Conference: using experience and research to inform the practice of work-integrated learning, 23-24 April 2009, Waiheke, New Zealand.

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In 2008, the Australian government under the new Labor leadership embarked on an 'education revolution' that aims to provide universal access to a high quality education from the earliest age, world-class teaching and learning in schools, and effective training and ongoing learning opportunities in universities and the workplace (Prime Minister of Australia, 2009). Through this education revolution, it is envisioned that Australia will become one of the most educated and highly skilled workforces in the world, and thus be able to secure national long term economic prosperity (Prime Minister of Australia, 2009). Consequently, a review of higher education in the country was undertaken which lists nine key challenges and issues for higher education in Australia over the coming decades. Not surprisingly to many, first among these challenges is higher education's capacity in order to meet the needs of the labor market and industry for high level skills (Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, 2008). These skills, which were identified in a 2007 study revealed that: • Industry was satisfied with technical skills but see employability skills as under-developed; • Higher education and training must meet industry employability skill needs; and • Employability skills are acquired through many different experiences (Business and Higher Education Collaboration Council, 2008). Among the recommendations resulting from the study included: • Setting up an employability strategy fund to support development of strategies to address employability skills; and • Funding to support work-integrated learning initiatives and integration of employability skills into curricula.

Item ID: 5679
Item Type: Conference Item (Refereed Research Paper - E1)
Keywords: work integrated learning; journalism; education revolution: internship; employer; graduate skills
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ISBN: 0-473-11263-9
Date Deposited: 16 Dec 2009 22:16
FoR Codes: 19 STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 1903 Journalism and Professional Writing > 190399 Journalism and Professional Writing not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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