ERIC Number: ED220832
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Professionalization of the Australian News Media: Journalists' Education, Training, and Job Satisfaction.
A study of Australian journalists was conducted to test three hypotheses: (1) there is little agreement over the "ideal" means of training or educating journalists, (2) Australian journalism is dominated by white, Anglo-Saxon males who increasingly represent upper-middle class backgrounds, and (3) job satisfaction decreases as formal education increases among journalists. Subjects were 318 journalists, 241 men, and 77 women, who were interviewed at length. Questions probing hypothesis one did reveal a wide variety of views about cadetship versus academic study, while at the same time confirming a trend toward more education for journalists. There is, however, little objective evidence that advancement correlates with educational level. Hypothesis two was strongly supported by both objective and anecdotal evidence. In response to questions based upon hypothesis three, both journalists who had some tertiary education and those who did not appeared contented with thier work situations. However, although the more educated journalists were not disillusioned to any extent or dissatisfied beyond the norm, they were less satisfied than their less educated counterparts. Still, differences were in degree, not direction. (An appendix contains the education questionnaire.) (JL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism (65th, Athens, OH, July 25-28, 1982).