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Afghanistan? Somewhere west of India isn't it?

Patching, Roger and Hirst, Martin 2003, Afghanistan? Somewhere west of India isn't it?, Australian journalism review, vol. 25, no. 2, pp. 169-188.

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Title Afghanistan? Somewhere west of India isn't it?
Author(s) Patching, Roger
Hirst, Martin
Journal name Australian journalism review
Volume number 25
Issue number 2
Start page 169
End page 188
Publisher Journalism Education Association
Place of publication St Lucia, Qld
Publication date 2003
ISSN 0810-2686
Summary For more than 10 years the senior co-author has been regularly testing tertiary journalism students on their "News Geography" - the ability to accurately locate on a world map 10 countries that had been in the news at the time, or with which Australia has or has had a bond. His co-author joined him in 1997 to compare results from two universities, Charles Sturt and Western Sydney. They joined forces again in 2002 to compare the geographic knowledge of first-year journalism students at Queensland University of Technology with that of senior students at the University of Queensland. The most surprising result was that despite "The War on Terror", and Australia's involvement, relatively few could accurately locate Afghanistan. For several years the senior co-author has also tested first-year journalism students' knowledge of a series of figures and statistics that give a barometer of the Australian and world economies. The latest monetary exchange rates, gold and oil prices and national and state unemployment rates are used to test students' knowledge of the various statistics journalists regularly rely on as indicators of economic movements. The authors also combined in 2002 to test students at QUT and UQ on this knowledge.
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 ©2003, Journalism Education Association
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30041292

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