History of Journalism Education

History of Journalism Education

Journalism has traveled a long way over the years; there is no denial. Every part of the world has promoted operations of journalists owing to the fact that the public needs to know what happens behind the pretense being put up on the stage. Career options for...

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7 Essential Tools for Investigative Journalism

7 Essential Tools for Investigative Journalism

One of the crucial roles of a reporter is to do thorough research before presenting facts as news. There is a lot that goes behind presenting a big story. Investigative journalism is gone through the previous reports, documents, verifying sources, and other...

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How can Technology Support The Future of Public-Interest Journalism?

How can Technology Support The Future of Public-Interest Journalism?

Journalism has undoubtedly grown over the past several decades to percolate through multiple media, opening doors to various perspectives on a report. Many seminars have been held in the recent past, discussing the relevance and role of changing technology in the...

History of Journalism Education

History of Journalism Education

Journalism has traveled a long way over the years; there is no denial. Every part of the world has promoted operations of journalists owing to the fact that the public needs to know what happens behind the pretense being put up on the stage. Career options for...

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What is Online Journalism & How to make a career in it

What is Online Journalism & How to make a career in it

Any tagline with an attached phrase of “a click away” comes with huge expectations because the world is looking to be in the most comfortable space while enjoying all the luxuries of life. So, all service providers have to pay close attention to the efficiency of the...

7 Essential Tools for Investigative Journalism

7 Essential Tools for Investigative Journalism

One of the crucial roles of a reporter is to do thorough research before presenting facts as news. There is a lot that goes behind presenting a big story. Investigative journalism is gone through the previous reports, documents, verifying sources, and other...

4 Things to Know About Becoming a Freelance Journalist

4 Things to Know About Becoming a Freelance Journalist

There are many good reasons to become a freelance journalist. You can independently investigate and work on articles that interests you, work from anywhere you want, and choose the media where you want to publish your articles. Another benefit is that you do not need...

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Top 10 Journalists in Australia

Top 10 Journalists in Australia

Journalism plays an important part in any country as the reporters present you with the latest local, national, and international news. Apart from the general news, they also provide information about other valuable areas such as stocks, tourism, cultures, and ideas....

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History of Journalism Education

History of Journalism Education

Journalism has traveled a long way over the years; there is no denial. Every part of the world has promoted operations of journalists owing to the fact that the public needs to know what happens behind the pretense being put up on the stage. Career options for...

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7 Essential Tools for Investigative Journalism

7 Essential Tools for Investigative Journalism

One of the crucial roles of a reporter is to do thorough research before presenting facts as news. There is a lot that goes behind presenting a big story. Investigative journalism is gone through the previous reports, documents, verifying sources, and other...

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Top 10 Journalists in Australia

Top 10 Journalists in Australia

Journalism plays an important part in any country as the reporters present you with the latest local, national, and international news. Apart from the general news, they also provide information about other valuable areas such as stocks, tourism, cultures, and ideas....

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Can Journalists Learn To Trust The Public?

Can Journalists Learn To Trust The Public?

Can journalists learn to trust the public? Are we open to collaborating with community groups? This Q and A with Professor Robert Picard raises plenty of questions on the future of journalism

The emerging crisis in the Australian media industry is likely to galvanise the community sector and philanthropists to engage with the reinvention of journalism. So says Professor Robert Picard, a leading authority on media economics and management and government communications policies, and the Director of Research at the Reuters Institute, Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford. Professor Picard recently delivered lectures at the National Press Club and the University of Canberra, where he also consulted on development of a research agenda for the News and Media Research Centre. In a Q and A published in full below, he says that journalists need to become more open to developing partnerships with the community sector, although this will require a significant cultural shift.

“One thing I’ve always said about journalists, and as an ex journalist, is that a lot of journalists don’t like the public – ‘please don’t call me about my article’,” he said. “In the training and the mythology of journalism, we are the school-master of the people. It’s the great unwashed out there, we’re supposed to educate them and direct them…that’s a terrible view of the public. And in fact one needs to be partnering with them.

“It is a cultural shift but it has to happen because the way we interact in a digital world requires interactions, transparency and trust – that haven’t necessarily been evident between media companies, journalists and the audience, which we didn’t really trust.” In an era where many people and organisations are taking on some of the traditional roles of journalism, Professor Picard says it is imperative that journalists focus on how we can value add in servicing communities’ information needs.

To survive and prosper, journalists must focus more on providing analysis and contextual coverage, to help the community make sense of their information overload, rather than simply providing an account of who said or did what.

“Journalism isn’t an end to itself; journalism is a function that helps society,” said Professor Picard. “I agree that innovation will come as solutions to community problems.” While Australian philanthropists and foundations have not been anywhere near as proactive in supporting public interest journalism as in the US, Professor Picard expects this will change as the industry crisis grows. “In Australia the situation has been deteriorating, and it’s getting close to the point whether community and other foundations are going to say, ‘we’ve got a problem now’, whereas two years ago it may not have been perceived as that’,” he said. Organisations like the Public Interest Journalism Foundation have an important role in educating the wider community about the value of sustaining the worthwhile roles of journalism, he added.

As to the skills that journalists need for the future, Professor Picard says the core attribute of successful journalism remains unchanged: curiosity. He advises journalism students to do double majors, and to develop an area of expertise to enable more authoritative reporting. He also suggests there may be start-up opportunities in servicing the needs of expat and immigrant communities, pointing to a successful venture that is doing this in Sweden (as profiled here). While he predicts that print has a limited lifespan and says we are now in a transition period where “people need to try a lot of things”, Professor Picard is optimistic for the future and the reinvention of journalism.

“It’s a great time for journalism,” he said. “I think it’s one of the most exciting times, there are more opportunities for young journalists to do things in the future.”

Apply To The Public Interest Journalism Foundation’s Pozible Channel

Apply To The Public Interest Journalism Foundation’s Pozible Channel

The Public Interest Journalism Foundation has established a fund-raising channel at Pozible to support those seeking to crowdsource funding for worthwhile journalism projects.

Applicants are asked to address the questions below and email it to Bill Birnbauer, the secretary of the Foundation.

1. What is the public interest value of this journalism project? (please explain in less than 350 words).

2. What experience and skills do you have that would enable you to undertake this public interest journalism project? (please explain in less than 350 words).

3. Do you agree to abide by the MEAA code of ethics (http://www.alliance.org.au/code-of-ethics.html) and the Australian Press Council statements of principles? (http://www.presscouncil.org.au/statements-of-principles/)

4. Please provide your CV.

ABC And SBS Cuts Raise Profound Concerns For Democracy And Society

ABC And SBS Cuts Raise Profound Concerns For Democracy And Society

The Public Interest Journalism Foundation has condemned funding cuts to the ABC and SBS, which will undermine these organisations’ ability to fulfil their critical roles in producing journalism that serves the public interest.

The loss of 400 jobs and other cutbacks at the ABC (see here and here for details) will have serious consequences for the organisation’s capacity to produce quality journalism.The Foundation notes the concerns of senior journalist Quentin Dempster that the cuts will undermine editorial independence and local coverage, while promoting “churnalism”.The Foundation also notes concerns that have been raised about the impacts on regional, rural and remote areas.The Foundation urges politicians across the board to take note of the strength of public concern, as shown by the many thousands of Australians who have supported the campaign against the cuts run by the Community and Public Sector Union and the Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance.

The Foundation is particularly concerned that the cuts come at a time when job losses and restructuring across the wider media industry have undermined the watchdog role of journalism.As a recent Foundation statement noted, the ability of journalists to hold governments and other powerful entities to account is under attack on multiple fronts, including from international trade negotiations, and federal legislation.The Foundation urges the Federal Government to explore a full range of mechanisms for encouraging diversity and sustainability in public interest journalism and the emergence of new media models.“Public interest journalism plays a central role in a healthy, safe and effective democratic society,” said the Foundation’s Patron, Rob Oakeshott.

“It provides citizens with the information needed to participate in the democratic process. An informed public in an effective democracy requires public interest journalism in privately owned, government funded and non profit media organisations.

“The Public Interest Journalism Foundation joins with many thousands of Australians in expressing our deep concern at these funding cuts, and their impact upon the wellbeing of our society.“The cuts to the ABC and SBS make the Australian story harder to tell, and make it harder for public interest journalism to hold governments and its institutions to account.“We also express our concern for those losing jobs and facing uncertainty about their futures.”

The PIJ Is About Conversations, Collaborations And Experiments

The PIJ Is About Conversations, Collaborations And Experiments

The Public Interest Journalism Foundation (PIJ) is about conversations, collaborations and experiments that will help sustain public interest journalism, and therefore enhanced community well-being.

The Foundation was founded in 2009 as part of the Institute for Social Research at Swinburne University of Technology. The Foundation has a broad brief to develop new approaches to journalism that “maximize and explore the applications of emerging media technologies”. This comes in the wake of major technological, economic and demographic changes which are affecting the viability of established media organizations.

The Foundation is pursuing three initiatives in 2010, each designed to promote journalism of public importance in the new media age:

YouCommNews is an experiment in audience driven commissioning of journalism. YouCommNews is a website that brings journalists and the public together, without the necessary intervention of Big Media. People can directly commission the journalism they want to see done. YouCommNews has been established with the help of grants from the Victorian Department of Innovation, Industry and Regional development, the ARC funded Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation, and philanthropic support from foundation sponsor, the Financial and Energy Exchange Group. Other donors include Professor John Langmore.

 
An Investigative and Public Interest Journalism Resource Centre

This centre, designed with the assistance of PIJ Foundation Board member Chris Masters, will bring together a range of resources and training opportunities with the aim of increasing the range, quality and depth of investigative journalism in Australia. The resources will include access to existing data bases of material as well as new data bases created by the centre, and professional training programs.

The New News 2010 – A Digital News Media Expo

PIJF will hold a groundbreaking two day conference on the future of journalism as part of the Melbourne Writers Festival, on 2nd and 3rd September 2010. This conference, to be held at the Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas will be about collaboration and creation, and about building new and creative relationships between newsmakers and audiences. This is an optimistic conference. It will go beyond tired old debates about bloggers versus journalists to embrace and bring together all those who are using new technologies to communicate and access news. New News 2010 will engage existing and new audiences in new media discussion and debate.

The New News 2010 will carry the immense potential of Web 2.0 for a healthier news media to the heart of cultural Melbourne and the wider Australian community. The New News 2010 will also include an “expo” in which innovators in journalism can display their work.

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History of Journalism Education

History of Journalism Education

Journalism has traveled a long way over the years; there is no denial. Every part of the world has promoted operations of journalists owing to the fact that the public needs to know what happens behind the pretense being put up on the stage. Career options for...

7 Essential Tools for Investigative Journalism

7 Essential Tools for Investigative Journalism

One of the crucial roles of a reporter is to do thorough research before presenting facts as news. There is a lot that goes behind presenting a big story. Investigative journalism is gone through the previous reports, documents, verifying sources, and other...

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History of Journalism Education

History of Journalism Education

Journalism has traveled a long way over the years; there is no denial. Every part of the world has promoted operations of journalists owing to the fact that the public needs to know what happens behind the pretense being put up on the stage. Career options for...

7 Essential Tools for Investigative Journalism

7 Essential Tools for Investigative Journalism

One of the crucial roles of a reporter is to do thorough research before presenting facts as news. There is a lot that goes behind presenting a big story. Investigative journalism is gone through the previous reports, documents, verifying sources, and other...

4 Things to Know About Becoming a Freelance Journalist

4 Things to Know About Becoming a Freelance Journalist

There are many good reasons to become a freelance journalist. You can independently investigate and work on articles that interests you, work from anywhere you want, and choose the media where you want to publish your articles. Another benefit is that you do not need...

4 Major Types of Journalism to Explore

4 Major Types of Journalism to Explore

Collecting information to disseminate worldwide is the main activity involved in journalism. It can feature many challenges as a profession, but when you approach it with utmost sincerity, the going gets easy. Harrowing experiences may have to be reported through your...