'Who's Gough Whitlam?' What journalism graduates don't know about the past and what news editors want them to know

Margaret Van Heekeren

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Abstract

The aphorism "first draft of history" has often been applied to the practice of journalism, and reference to past events is necessary to provide context to the present. Bill how much historical knowledge should journalists have. and how much historical knowledge should be expected of journolism graduates when they enter the industry? This paper examines the results of a qualitative survey of metropolitan and regional, print and broadcast news editors. The survay canvassed opinion on the perceived level of historical knowledge of graduates and industry expectations of education outcomes in regard to history. The results show strong dissatisfaction with graduate knowledge of contemporary history.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)209-218
Number of pages10
JournalAustralian Journalism Review
Volume27
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2005

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