The role and importance of journalism in Australia: Dr Caroline Fisher

I saw this article about the “final cohort of students at Charles Sturt University in Bathurst about to complete their Bachelor of Arts – Communications Journalism degree as the future of training reporters heads into a new era” shared on many sites by media professionals and former students.

The degree isn’t being wiped out altogether but merged into a Bachelor of Communications (with specialisations). For many Universities, journalism is becoming something in brackets at the end of other Bachelors.

There is obviously still great interest in becoming a media star on one platform or another, but is there the same desire, in this time when AI can write your CV and assignments and regional news providers are closing, to become a journalist?

I visited the University of Canberra today, where I’ve conducted many recordings in their studios with journalism staff and interns. I met with Dr Scott Bridges, the Discipline Lead – Journalism who facilitated this interview, and Dr Caroline Fisher.

Dr Fisher is the Associate Professor of Communication in the Faculty of Arts & Design, a core member of the News and Media Research Centre, co-author of the annual Digital News Report: Australia, on the leadership team of the Journalism Education & Research Association of Australia and previously a reporter, presenter and producer for ABC News and Radio National.

We discuss the role and importance of journalism now and into the future.

Jen Seyderhelm is a writer, editor and podcaster for Radioinfo
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