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For the lifestyle and a love of creativity: Australian studentsí motivations for studying journalism

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Hanusch, F and Clifford, K and Davies, K and English, P and Fulton, J and Lindgren, M and O'Donnell, P and Price, J and Richards, I and Zion, L, For the lifestyle and a love of creativity: Australian students' motivations for studying journalism, Media International Australia, 160, (1) pp. 101-113. ISSN 2200-467X (2016) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1177/1329878X16638894

Abstract

A number of studies have examined why students choose to study journalism at university, but overall, this area is still relatively underexplored. Yet, understanding why students choose journalism, and what career expectations they hold, is important not only for educators but also for wider society and public debates about the future of journalism and the value of tertiary journalism education. This article examines the motivations of 1884 Australian journalism students enrolled across 10 universities. It finds that hopes for a varied lifestyle and opportunities to express their creativity are the most dominant motivations among students. Public service ideals are somewhat less important, while financial concerns and fame are least important. These motivations also find expression in studentsí preferred areas of specialisation (referred to in Australia as rounds): lifestyle rounds are far more popular than politics and business rounds or science and development rounds.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:education, journalism, motivation, student, survey
Research Division:Studies in Creative Arts and Writing
Research Group:Journalism and Professional Writing
Research Field:Journalism Studies
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding Knowledge through Studies of the Creative Arts and Writing
Author:Clifford, K (Dr Katrina Clifford)
ID Code:109004
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:Social Sciences
Deposited On:2016-05-17
Last Modified:2017-11-19
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