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


Hanusch, F and Clifford, 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 1324-5325 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1177/1329878X16638894


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:student experience, journalism
Research Division:Language, Communication and Culture
Research Group:Communication and media studies
Research Field:Media studies
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Communication
Objective Field:The media
UTAS Author:Lindgren, M (Professor Mia Lindgren)
ID Code:151742
Year Published:2016
Web of Science® Times Cited:11
Deposited By:College Office - CALE
Deposited On:2022-08-04
Last Modified:2022-09-30

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