In this era of cutbacks and restructuring, journalism graduates covering local government rounds in the regions are thrown organisational, ethical and practical challenges once reserved for more senior reporters. The changing environment has forced educators to rethink ways students are taught to report in this vital area. A pilot study of 13 recent University of the Sunshine Coast journalism graduates employed in regional newsrooms found that while they felt prepared for practical and ethical challenges, almost all of them were unprepared for the workload. They also reported that increased pressures had led to a dilution of the watchdog role.
Australian Journalism Review / Vol. 38, No. 2, pp.73-84