We have the means, but what's the model? A better way for universities and industry to produce investigative journalism

Ricketson, Matthew, Birnbauer, Bill and Dodd, Andrew 2013, We have the means, but what's the model? A better way for universities and industry to produce investigative journalism, in ANZCA 2013 : Proceedings of the 2013 Australian and New Zealand Communication Association Conference on Global Networks-Global Divides : Bridging New and Traditional Communication Challenges, Australian and New Zealand Communication Conference, Perth, Western Australia.

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Title We have the means, but what's the model? A better way for universities and industry to produce investigative journalism
Author(s) Ricketson, MatthewORCID iD for Ricketson, Matthew orcid.org/0000-0002-8742-5946
Birnbauer, Bill
Dodd, Andrew
Conference name Australian and New Zealand Communication Association. Conference. (2013 : Freemantle, Western Australia)
Conference location Fremantle, Western Australia
Conference dates 03 - 05 Jul. 2013
Title of proceedings ANZCA 2013 : Proceedings of the 2013 Australian and New Zealand Communication Association Conference on Global Networks-Global Divides : Bridging New and Traditional Communication Challenges
Editor(s) Lee, Terence
Trees, Kathryn
Desai, Renae
Publication date 2013
Series Global Networks - Global Divides
Conference series Global Networks-Global Divides : Bridging New and Traditional Communication Challenges
Total pages 15
Publisher Australian and New Zealand Communication Conference
Place of publication Perth, Western Australia
Keyword(s) Investigative journalism
Journalism education
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Summary This paper offers a solution to two problems facing Australian journalism: the declining numbers working in newsrooms on investigative journalism and the shortage of specific and up to date curriculum materials about investigative journalism. These problems create an opportunity for universities not only to improve teaching of journalism but for them to play a greater role in providing the public with the fruits of investigative journalism projects. This paper examines the various models for producing investigative journalism within university settings. It explores collaborations with industry partners and the various forms of selfpublishing undertaken by journalism courses. It asks which forms of association with industry work well and which forms of investigative journalism best suit such collaborations. It assesses recent examples in which industry partners work alongside journalism students oninvestigative projects. Several universities have created their own print outlets for investigative journalism and the proliferation of digital platforms has made self-publishing more accessible. This paper asks how worthwhile these stories are if they are limited to university rather than mainstream or independent publications. The paper proposes a newapproach to industry-academy collaborative investigative journalism and the creation of a new model that draws on the successes and failures of existing and previous ones so that universities can better realise their potential in this field and so that student learning can be enhanced while audiences are better served.
Language eng
Field of Research 200101 Communication Studies
200104 Media Studies
Socio Economic Objective 950204 The Media
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
Copyright notice ©2013, ANZCA
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30102253

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