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Freelancing, Foreign Exchange and Professional Development: Discussing the Europe and Australia in the World exchange programme


Reid, D and Forde, S and Munk, I and Touwen, C and Dodd, B, Freelancing, Foreign Exchange and Professional Development: Discussing the Europe and Australia in the World exchange programme, Annual Conference of the Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia, 3-5 December, The Media School of the University of Tasmania (2018) [Conference Extract]

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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 enables final year students to experience diverse pedagogical and journalistic practices through intensive and applied courses in overseas institutions. However, international exchange programmes must consider the challenges and idiosyncratic hiring criteria that graduates face upon their return home. Accordingly, this panel brings together educators, scholars and coordinators from three countries and four institutions to discuss this unique programme. To inform the discussion, the panel will reflect on preliminary findings from interviews with former participants. Interviewees reported that the exchange’s focus on freelance publication and training fostered a range of applied skills, professional confidence and an extensive publication portfolio. However, they also found that a lack of local newsroom contacts—traditionally provided through newsroom internships—constituted a key hurdle upon their return home. This prompts a discussion about how to compliment exchange programmes with local networking and professional development initiatives, that can ground what they have learnt overseas with local journalistic practices.

Item Details

Item Type:Conference Extract
Keywords:journalism education, foreign exchange
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Other education
Research Field:Other education not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Other education and training
Objective Field:Other education and training not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Reid, D (Mr Daniel Reid)
UTAS Author:Dodd, B (Mr Bill Dodd)
ID Code:132271
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:Office of the School of Creative Arts and Media
Deposited On:2019-05-01
Last Modified:2019-05-01

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