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Personal narrative journalism and podcasting


Lindgren, M, Personal narrative journalism and podcasting, The Radio Journal: International Studies in Broadcast and Audio Media, 14, (1) pp. 23-41. ISSN 1476-4504 (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 students' 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:Personal narrative, podcasting
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:151744
Year Published:2016
Web of Science® Times Cited:11
Deposited By:College Office - CALE
Deposited On:2022-08-04
Last Modified:2022-08-09

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