Exciting future for Journalism at JCU


Multimedia Journalism at JCU welcome Colombo grant.

By Jayde Baguley

JCU’s Multimedia journalism program is one of 15 James Cook University recipients of the $110 000 New Colombo Plan grant.
The grant will provide ten students from second and third year the opportunity to travel to Samoa and study journalism at the National University of Samoa.
James Cook University Vice Chancellor, Sandra Harding, said she believes the grant will be great for JCU and the North Queensland region.
“Journalism has always been very important to us and it will continue to be.”
“We are absolutely delighted students will have the opportunity to test some boundaries around professionalism and understanding their profession,” Professor Harding said at the Redefining Townsville forum presented by James Cook University and the Townsville Bulletin.
Students participating in this project will have the opportunity to attend field trips focused on environmental journalism and intern in Samoa to shed light on cultural sensitivities when reporting abroad.
The journalism project will be the pioneering partnership with Samoa and will provide opportunities for JCU to forge a long term union with the University of Samoa.
The grant follows news of a complete restructure of the Bachelor of Multimedia Journalism being implemented for students beginning in 2016.
Following reports of the degree being axed, JCU journalism lecturer Dr Maxine Newlands said that the journalism program is not closing, but will become a richer program as a major in the Bachelor of Arts.
“It is changing…but it’s changing for the better,” she said.
These changes will provide students with more direction and a chance to choose from a larger pool of electives and the option to minor in other fields and areas of studies.
For more information visit James Cook University’s website