Training journalists in New Zealand: The industry view of training 1979-2002

  • Jeremy Rees Radio New Zealand
Keywords: Commonwealth Press Union, cadetships, critical thinking, history, inverted pyramid, journalism education, journalism methodology, journalism training, journalism unit standards, Journalists Training Board, Journalists Training Organisation, New Zealand, NZ Institute of Journalists, Public Interest Journalism Fund


Commentary: What skills should student journalists and then working journalists be taught? This paper is an analysis of two decades of reports by editors in the New Zealand media on what they wanted to see. The reports were part of the annual Commonwealth Press Union review of the year. They show a focus by editors on the practical, craft skills of journalism, even as academics and teachers were questioning what was best. The reports cover the years 1979-2002. Many of the same issues then are still being faced; how do you ensure training is up to standard, what do young journalists need to know, how to deliver training to journalists during their careers, and how to ensure that a diverse range of people enters the industry? These questions remain today.



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Rees, J. (2023). Training journalists in New Zealand: The industry view of training 1979-2002. Pacific Journalism Review : Te Koakoa, 29(1 & 2), 65-77.