Working journalists and journalism graduands: How they rate television newsroom skills

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Abstract

This paper reports on the next stage in an ongoing study of skill needs in mainstream television newsrooms. It focuses on attitudes to technology skills by comparing a sample of television journalists at major Australian networks with a cohort of final year broadcast journalism students. Each group was asked to rank in order of importance six skills or traits - five that had been identified in previous research as important to the hiring decisions of senior news managers along with the skill trait of 'technological fluency'. Both groups ' journalists and students ' ranked 'technological fluency' on mean averages last behind story generation, news sense & passion for news, television writing, good general knowledge and voice & on camera presentation. In additon, out of a longer more detailed list of skills (40 plus) both groups ranked the four technology skills in the bottom half, mostly in the bottom quarter.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)20-38
Number of pages19
JournalEjournalist
Volume9
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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