Big dreams, small towns: tracking journalism students' changing attitudes and perceptions about journalism at two Queensland universities - year 2

Forbes, Amy, and Fynes-Clinton, Jayne (2012) Big dreams, small towns: tracking journalism students' changing attitudes and perceptions about journalism at two Queensland universities - year 2. In: [Presented at Critical Times? Changing journalism in a changing world]. pp. 1-18. From: Critical Times? Changing journalism in a changing world, 2-5 December 2012, Melbourne, VIC, Australia.

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Abstract

This collaborative research project began in 2012 between two academics from two regional Queensland universities. This is year 2 data. In the first year, both researchers conducted a survey among incoming first year Journalism students to find out these students' background, as well as set a benchmark of their attitudes and perceptions about the university experience, their views and perceptions of the journalism profession and their aspirations. The initial research yielded a unique profile of these students who have decided on a journalism education. In 2013, the same cohort of students were resurveyed to track changes, if any, in their responses to the same questions in 2012. A Focus Group Discussion (FGD) was conducted to provide qualitative data to explain the data. In year three of the research, the cohort was once again surveyed and interviewed as they leave university. This study offers a unique longitudinal view of the development of a student into a journalist as well as track any changes in the student's attitudes and perceptions about journalism as a chosen profession.

Item ID: 46811
Item Type: Conference Item (Presentation)
Keywords: journalism, regional university, employment, media
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Date Deposited: 27 Jan 2017 00:56
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1399 Other Education > 139999 Education not elsewhere classified @ 20%
20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2001 Communication and Media Studies > 200199 Communication and Media Studies not elsewhere classified @ 80%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education @ 10%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture @ 90%
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