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A freelance-based foreign exchange programme: Tasmanian students’ professional development on WORLDREP


Dodd, B and Konkes, C and Reid, D and Lester, L, A freelance-based foreign exchange programme: Tasmanian students' professional development on WORLDREP, Australian Journalism Review, 41, (1) pp. 85-102. ISSN 0810-2686 (2019) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1386/ajr.41.1.85_1


In the context of rapidly changing newsrooms and a constriction in entry-level positions for graduates, the Europe and Australia in the World (WORLDREP) programme seeks to prepare students by pairing freelance journalism with overseas training and exchange. However, the entrepreneurial focus of the course must be weighed against the challenges and idiosyncratic hiring criteria that graduates face on their return home. This article discusses interviews with former Tasmanian participants to compare what the students felt they acquired during the course with perceived barriers and challenges post-graduation. We find that the programme’s freelance focus cultivates a range of applied skills, an extensive publication portfolio and professional confidence. However, interviewees also reported that a lack of local newsroom contacts – traditionally provided through newsroom internships – constitutes a hurdle on their return home. This prompts a discussion about how to complement exchange programmes with local networking and professional development initiatives that can ground what students have learnt overseas in local journalism practice.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:journalism education, entrepreneurial journalism, habitus, freelance journalism, social capital, Australian journalism, the journalistic field
Research Division:Language, Communication and Culture
Research Group:Communication and media studies
Research Field:Journalism studies
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Schools and learning environments
Objective Field:Workforce transition and employment
UTAS Author:Dodd, B (Mr Bill Dodd)
UTAS Author:Konkes, C (Dr Claire Konkes)
UTAS Author:Reid, D (Dr Donald Reid)
UTAS Author:Lester, L (Professor Libby Lester)
ID Code:132181
Year Published:2019
Deposited By:School of Creative Arts and Media
Deposited On:2019-04-26
Last Modified:2020-01-06

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