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In 2007-08 an ongoing partnership called Schools Network was developed by Deakin Journalism Lecturer, Ms Kristy Hess, with The Standard newspaper in south-west Victoria, exclusively for the benefit of journalism students studying at Deakin’s Warrnambool campus. Under the partnership, first, second and third year journalism students are responsible for sourcing material and writing issues and stories of relevance to south-west Victoria’s education sector, under Kristy’s direction. The undergraduate students meet twice each month with Kristy and staff at the newspaper offices to discuss editorial content and photographs for an education supplement. Deakin University students who write for the supplement are also able to have their work on Schools Network considered for academic assessment in the above journalism units. This has enabled students to develop a port-folio of published material as part of their academic studies, while participating in independent, critical analysis of how a newsroom operates and self-reflection of their own research and work. Most importantly, students receive constant feedback as they participate in the program through each stage of the news project – from conception and development of stories through to publication.
The program is believed to be the first of its kind between a University and a daily newspaper in Australia and provides journalism students with much-needed practical experience. It also provides an incentive for students to study at the Warrnambool campus and serves as a valuable community engagement project for the University.
Further information can be obtained from Ms Kristy Hess, Lecturer in Journalism, School of Communication and Creative Arts, on extension 33118 or email email@example.com.