Teaching journalism students and regional reporters how to work with cultural diversity

Hess, Kristy and Waller, Lisa 2010, Teaching journalism students and regional reporters how to work with cultural diversity, Asia Pacific media educator, no. 20, pp. 137-152.

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Title Teaching journalism students and regional reporters how to work with cultural diversity
Author(s) Hess, Kristy
Waller, Lisa
Journal name Asia Pacific media educator
Issue number 20
Start page 137
End page 152
Total pages 16
Publisher University of Wollongong, School of Journalism and Creative Writing
Place of publication Wollongong, N.S.W.
Publication date 2010-12
ISSN 1326-365X
Summary This paper examines the effectiveness of a set of curriculum materials developed for a Reporting Diversity and Integration Project tailored for Australian journalists and journalism students. The materials take a problem-based learning (PBL) approach to a hypothetical case study that involves Muslim netballers being banned from competition because they want to wear headscarves during play. Deferring to ideas developed by Russian psychologist, Leo Vygotsky, we proposed a few ‘scaffolding’ strategies to support student learning. The material was trialed with 30 first-year Deakin University journalism students and 30 regional journalists. The responses showed that both groups felt the materials we added to the curriculum resources, which provided information on Muslim women and the headscarf, affected how they would write the story. They also thought it was important to provide this kind of information for readers. This paper argues that providing cultural information in an accessible format for students and journalists in newsrooms should be integral to education and training materials designed to improve media coverage of cultural diversity issues.

Language eng
Field of Research 200104 Media Studies
Socio Economic Objective 950204 The Media
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2010, Sage Publishers
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