Teaching and Learning Forum

Paul Bethell

Paul Bethell


Faculty: Arts and Education
School: Communication and Creative Arts
Discipline: Journalism

Campus: Burwood
Phone: +61 3 924 43929
Email: paul.bethell@deakin.edu.au

A lecturer in Journalism, Mr Paul Bethell began his career as a News Trainee for the BBC in London in 1981, working as a sub-editor, producer and senior producer on a range of BBC TV and Radio news bulletins before becoming Deputy Editor of the flagship BBC Nine O'Clock News in 1993. Since moving to Melbourne in 1999, Paul has occasionally worked as a producer for the BBC in Australia, covering major political, sporting and other news events. He joined Deakin as a teacher of Journalism in 2001 and was appointed a Teaching Scholar in 2007.

Paul brings his extensive combined experience as a journalism practitioner and teacher to bear in research on the value of experiential learning in Journalism and employment of students completing the Journalism major at Deakin. Over the next three years he will research changes in students' job expectations and aspirations as they move through university. He will combine this research with work to improve resources for students to support work experience, portfolio development and publication. It is Paul's hope that his research will link with other faculties and universities that promote work experience for students.

Paul is a member of the University's Working Group on the Course Quality Framework Initiative. He is taking a leadership role in the following teaching and learning related activities:

  • review of Journalism postgraduate and undergraduate courses in 2008
  • improvement of resources to support student work experience, portfolio development and publication
  • facilitation of a Journalism careers seminar and resources for students seeking employment in the Journalism industry
  • further development of links with the Journalism industry and with Journalism educators to develop networks and partnerships and explore research opportunities
  • as Deakin's representative, promotion of engagement between the Melbourne Press Club and Journalism students at key events.

Paul seeks to develop an interactive, problem-based learning program for teaching media law and ethics to Australian journalism students, with potential industry application.


  • LLB [Exeter]



  • Deakin University Award for Teaching Excellence



  • Faculty of Arts and Education Teaching and Learning grant - to identify key skills, attributes and information needed by journalism students for successful work experience outcomes and to develop new teaching and learning materials to promote this.


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