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Journalism Student Survey

1. Please tell us a little about yourself and your course. Are you . .

Response Response
Percent Count

in 1st year of BA (Hons) degree 11.3% 16

in 2nd year of BA (Hons) degree 37.3% 53

in 3rd year of BA (Hons) degree 25.4% 36

on an MA 23.2% 33

on a PgDip 2.8% 4

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2. What is the title of your degree?

Response Response
Percent Count

Journalism 66.1% 78

Print Journalism 11.9% 14

News Journalism 5.9% 7

Magazine Journalism 13.6% 16

Sports Journalism 0.8% 1

Multi-Media Journalism 1.7% 2

Other (please specify) 30

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3. Are you taking or planning to take NCTJ (National Council for the Training of Journalists) qualifications
during your course?

Response Response
Percent Count

No, my course is not NCTJ-


23.6% 34
accredited

No, my course is accredited but I


have chosen not to take the 6.3% 9
qualifications

Yes, I am taking/planning to take


some but not all of the NCTJ 25.7% 37
qualifications

Yes, I am taking/planning to take


44.4% 64
all of the NCTJ qualifications

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4. Since you began your course, have your career plans changed?

Response Response
Percent Count

I am keener than ever to go into


29.9% 43
journalism

I still want to go into journalism 41.7% 60

I am no longer sure about going into


21.5% 31
journalism

I don't want to go into journalism 6.9% 10

Why? 91

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5. How has the current media climate affected your career plans?

Response Response
Percent Count

It has encouraged me to enter


9.1% 13
journalism

It has not put me off entering


51.0% 73
journalism

It has made me think twice about


29.4% 42
entering journalism

It has put me off entering


6.3% 9
journalism

I'm not aware of any changes that


4.2% 6
would affect my career plans

Why? 86

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6. How important do you think the following skills are for journalism students to learn?

Not as
important Rating Response
Vital Important Unimportant
as other Average Count
subjects

Web-based skills (creating content


59.0% (85) 32.6% (47) 7.6% (11) 0.7% (1) 1.50 144
online, blogs, etc)

Social media (twitter, social


21.0% (30) 46.2% (66) 28.0% (40) 4.9% (7) 2.17 143
networks, etc)

Business and entrepreneurial skills 11.2% (16) 40.6% (58) 40.6% (58) 7.7% (11) 2.45 143

93.8%
News gathering and writing 6.3% (9) 0.0% (0) 0.0% (0) 1.06 144
(135)

Sub-editing and design 38.5% (55) 55.2% (79) 6.3% (9) 0.0% (0) 1.68 143

Audio and video (podcasts, video


40.6% (58) 48.3% (69) 11.2% (16) 0.0% (0) 1.71 143
reports, etc)

Any further comments? 33

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7. How much emphasis is put on the following skills in your course?

Not
Too much Due No Rating Response
enough
emphasis emphasis emphasis Average Count
emphasis

Web-based skills 5.6% (8) 54.9% (79) 36.1% (52) 3.5% (5) 2.38 144

Social media 3.5% (5) 44.8% (64) 37.1% (53) 14.7% (21) 2.63 143

Business and entrepreneurial skills 1.4% (2) 29.6% (42) 33.1% (47) 35.9% (51) 3.04 142

74.8%
News gathering and writing 16.1% (23) 8.4% (12) 0.7% (1) 1.94 143
(107)

Sub-editing and design 2.8% (4) 62.5% (90) 30.6% (44) 4.2% (6) 2.36 144

Audio and video 5.6% (8) 51.7% (74) 38.5% (55) 4.2% (6) 2.41 143

Any further comments? 20

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8. Do you think students should learn web coding skills like HTML and CSS as part of their course?

Response Response
Percent Count

Yes 52.1% 75

No 19.4% 28

Not sure 28.5% 41

Why? 92

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9. What ideally would you like to see added to your journalism course curriculum?

Response
Count

123

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10. What would you like to see dropped from your curriculum?

Response
Count

113

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11. Finally, which university do you attend (not for publication)

Response
Count

138

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