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Abstract

"Call them digital or call them converged, there is no doubt that newsrooms in Australia and elsewhere in the world are changing. No longer are a pen and paper the only equipment a journalist needs to do their jobs: many newsrooms are employing the skills of video journalists, mobile journalists and backpack journalists, radio stations are posting web articles and TV stations are preparing video for mobile phones. Yet there is considerable debate within university institutions over how best to prepare journalism students for this new workplace — and even whether the industry knows just what it wants. This paper gives a background to a debate that is raging in US journalism schools, if only smouldering in Australian ones, and looks at an experimental convergence journalism unit at Edith Cowan University that attempts to put some of the concepts into practice without over-reaching."

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