Training political reporters during a federal election: The UniPollWatch student journalism project

Dodd, Andrew, English, Peter, Lidberg, Johan, and Newlands, Maxine (2021) Training political reporters during a federal election: The UniPollWatch student journalism project. Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice, 18 (4).

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Abstract

UniPollWatch was the largest student journalism project ever undertaken in Australia. Approximately 1000 students from 28 universities worked to cover the 2016 federal election. The project aimed to provide effective training on political reporting in a work-integrated learning environment. Utilising a combination of analysis and descriptions of the project and a survey research methodology, the results of this project suggest that by placing student reporters in the midst of a fluid and highly contested election environment they learn by observing and doing. The project demonstrated that students’ attitudes to, and aptitude for, covering politics varied greatly, but that the skills needed for political reporting can be improved through projects such as UniPollWatch.

Item ID: 68957
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1449-9789
Date Deposited: 12 Aug 2021 02:47
FoR Codes: 47 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 4701 Communication and media studies > 470105 Journalism studies @ 100%
SEO Codes: 16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1601 Learner and learning > 160102 Higher education @ 100%
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