News editors evaluate journalism courses and graduate employability

Document Type

Journal Article


SAGE Publications Inc.


School of Communication and Arts / Centre for Research in Entertainment, Arts, Technology, Education and Communications




The final version of this paper has been published as News editors evaluate journalism courses and graduate employability. Asia Pacific media Educator, 24(2), December, 2015 by SAGE Publications Ltd, All rights reserved. Trevor, Cullen (2014). It is available here.


This research project used face-to-face interviews with news editors in Perth, Western Australia, to evaluate journalism courses and student employability in five Perth-based universities that teach journalism. The editors work in print, online, broadcast and television. All of them employ journalism graduates. The project aims to assess whether the journalism programmes provide graduates with the skill set prospective employers seek. Editors are uniquely placed as they employ journalism graduates as interns, or as full-time employees when they complete their studies, and they know what attributes and skills will help journalism graduates to succeed. The editors, for the most part, agreed that there was a key role for universities in Western Australia to provide both an educational background and skills-based training for graduates contemplating a career in journalism and early career journalists. There was, however, some disagreement as to the precise content of an ideal university-based journalism programme.