A capstone unit for journalism programmes to facilitate the demonstration of graduate capabilities

2015 OLT National Teaching Fellowship

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Professor Trever Cullen

Fellowship years: 2015 - 2017 (year due to complete)

Abstract: The aim of this fellowship is to produce agreed graduate outcomes and standards to inform the development of a journalism capstone unit for use among Australian universities offering undergraduate journalism degrees and majors. It will facilitate improved collaboration with industry to ensure universities fully understand the needs of industry through close interactions with news editors. This fellowship will also seek to address the considerable differences in the structure, content and delivery of tertiary journalism degrees as identified in previous OLT projects. This variability in courses has contributed to significant differences in standards and difficulties in measuring graduate capabilities. This fellowship will work towards providing, for the first time, a series of agreed criteria and standards to guide teachers in the design and implementation of journalism courses and the implementation of a final‐year journalism capstone unit which effectively demonstrates and measures required graduate capabilities.

Fellowship discipline: Communication and Media Studies, Journalism