Recruiting for television news: How the hirers decide

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This paper looks at one part of a study undertaken to find out what skills are sought today in Australian television newsrooms. Nineteen senior news managers have been interviewed on what criteria they use to decide whom they will hire as journalists. It was found that news gathering & story generation skills are the most valued (along with television writing ability and broadcast presentation skills such as voice and on-camera appearance). There seemed little interest in fluency in new technology such as bulletin software, desk-top editing or video journalism capability. The few who did express interest in journalists having technological skills all said investigation, writing and presentation skills are more important. It would be helpful to conduct a similar qualitative study in another twelve months to measure any shift in attitude on the technology question. It would also be instructive to survey journalists at all levels in television newsrooms to test if the attitudes expressed in this study are the same at more junior levels in the workplace hierarchy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)129-146
Number of pages18
JournalAustralian Studies in Journalism
Publication statusPublished - 2006


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