Learning in and by the community: a work-integrated learning approach to teaching journalism

Jones, Dianne (2016) Learning in and by the community: a work-integrated learning approach to teaching journalism. Asia Pacific Media Educator, 26 (2). pp. 1-12. ISSN 1326-365X

Abstract

This article explores how work-integrated learning (WIL) reporting projects, spanning eight years, enabled authentic learning by journalism students and also provided a valued community service. Students at a regional Australian university interviewed the mayoral and councillor candidates for each of the four-yearly local government area elections from 2008 to 2016 and published their stories online at https://radiojournalismonline.com. This article concludes that a WIL approach to teaching journalism creates an immediate, positive impact on the reputations of student journalists and that the goodwill also extends to their university. The local community sees the student journalists’ coverage of the local elections as a public service. Based on the public’s feedback, voters and candidates alike believed that they were provided with reliable and actionable information.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to Published version, in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Arts and Communication
Date Deposited: 14 Dec 2016 23:45
Last Modified: 15 Dec 2016 02:21
Uncontrolled Keywords: journalism education, work-integrated learning, WIL, journalism, authentic learning, service learning
Fields of Research : 19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1903 Journalism and Professional Writing > 190399 Journalism and Professional Writing not elsewhere classified
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130201 Creative Arts, Media and Communication Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1177/1326365X16670455
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/30136

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