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The 1997 'top ten' survey : students' views of what makes news

Patching, Roger and Hirst, Martin 1998, The 1997 'top ten' survey : students' views of what makes news, Australian journalism review, vol. 20, no. 2, pp. 129-156.

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Title The 1997 'top ten' survey : students' views of what makes news
Author(s) Patching, Roger
Hirst, Martin
Journal name Australian journalism review
Volume number 20
Issue number 2
Start page 129
End page 156
Publisher Journalism Education Association
Place of publication St. Lucia, Qld
Publication date 1998-12
ISSN 0810-2686
Summary Have you ever wondered how journalism students learn to differentiate the 'important' story from the daily dross that journalism inevitably throws up? We have. This paper examines the choices journalism students make when they're asked to nominate a 'top ten' from a finite list of stories. It suggests the possible news values they apply to their selection of the ten 'best' stories over a 12 month period. As a second measure of ability to comprehend and apply news values we also examine the students' ability to correctly locate countries on a map: a test of their 'political geography'. We offer some tentative conclusions about our students' willingness to engage with the 'difficult' stories about politics and economics, rather than the 'easy shot' news of celebrities, disasters and sporting heroes.
Language eng
Field of Research 190301 Journalism Studies
Socio Economic Objective 970119 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of the Creative Arts and Writing
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©1998, Journalism Education Association
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30041291

Document type: Journal Article
Collections: School of Communication and Creative Arts
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