Journalism capstone units: Capstone units for journalism programmes to facilitate the demonstration of graduate capabilities

May 1, 2019

Background to the Fellowship

This 18-month Department of Education and Training (DET) Fellowship, spanning from July 2015 through to January 2017, set out to provide, for the first time, a series of agreed principles, models and skills to guide journalism educators in the design and implementation of final-year journalism capstone units which effectively demonstrate and measure required graduate capabilities.

Fellowship Resources

Shine, K, and Cullen, T. (2019). Student responses to a model capstone unit in journalism. Australian Journalism Review 42:2 pp, 241-255.

Cullen, T. (2017). Capstone units and the transition from university to professional life. Australian Journalism Review. 39(1), 89-99.

Cullen, T. (2016). Journalism capstone units based on agreed principles and standards. Pacific Journalism Review. 22(2), 172 -184

Cullen, T. (2016). Designing journalism capstone units that demonstrate student skills. Journalism and Mass Communication Educator. 71(3), 360 -370

Cullen, T. (2015). A capstone Unit for tertiary journalism programs that facilitate the demonstration of Graduate capabilities. Asia Pacific Media Educator. 25(2), 297- 304

Project Leader

Dr Trevor Cullen (PhD) is Professor of Journalism at Edith Cowan University in Perth, Western Australia. Trevor is recognised as a national and international leader in the field of HIV/health Journalism and Journalism education. He has received several University and national teaching and research awards. These include two Australian Government awards – A National Teaching and Learning Fellowship (NTF) and the Australian Award for University Teaching. (AAUT).

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