The National Teaching Fellowship discussion paper on Journalism Capstone units in Australian Universities will be ready in August.
It will include the findings from face-to-face interviews with more than 30 Journalism academics at 16 universities in Australia. Journalism educators will be encouraged to comment on the list of principles, standards and examples of best-practice.
For background information on Capstone units – please view the links under the “Key Capstone Documents” menu.
The aim of this OLT National Teaching Fellowship is to produce agreed graduate outcomes, principles and best practice to inform the development of journalism capstone units for use among Australian universities that offer undergraduate journalism degrees and majors.
Currently, 30 universities in Australia teach journalism, and roughly one-third of them officially use at least one journalism capstone unit in their undergraduate program. From September 2015 to June 2016, I conducted face-to-face interviews with journalism educators at 16 universities in 5 States to discover what they understood by the term “capstone”, the type of capstone(s) they used and the skills they wanted their students to demonstrate.
A key aim of the Fellowship is to identify common principles and standards for them, and for the other tertiary journalism programs in Australia that want to introduce journalism capstones into their course, even though some run units that could already be identified as capstone units.