Final Report 2017

Australian Government and Office of Learning and Teaching (OLT)

Cullen, T. (2017). Journalism capstone units: Capstone units for journalism programmes to facilitate the demonstration of graduate capabilities

Final Report 2017


Discussion Paper

The first draft of a discussion paper on Journalism Capstone units in Australian Universities will be circulated for feedback in late June.

It will include feedback and examples of best-practice based on face-to-face interviews with Journalism educators at 16 universities in Australia.


Journalism capstone units for journalism programmes to facilitate the demonstration of graduate skills and capabilities

1. The aim of this Fellowship programme is to produce agreed graduate outcomes and standards to inform the development of a journalism capstone unit for use among Australian universities offering undergraduate Journalism degrees and majors.

2. It will also facilitate improved collaboration with industry to ensure universities fully understand the needs of industry through close interactions with news editors. The programme will also seek to address the considerable differences in the structure, content and delivery of tertiary journalism degrees as identified in previous OLT projects. This variability in courses has contributed to significant differences in standards and difficulties in measuring graduate capabilities.

3. This Fellowship will work towards providing, for the first time, a series of agreed criteria and standards to guide teachers in the design and implementation of journalism courses and the implementation of a final-year journalism capstone unit which effectively demonstrates and measures agreed graduate capabilities.