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Hyper-local learning: enhancing employability, sustaining professional practice

Lookup NU author(s): Dr David Baines


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This paper reviews, as a case study in enhancing teaching and learning on journalism programmes, the development of a ‘hyper-local’ news website set up in an English city by a freelance journalist on which students volunteer as reporters and editors. The review finds that the news site met initial expectations in providing a supportive space to develop students’ skills and knowledge, but that it later developed in unexpected trajectories. The project became a space for innovation and experimentation in journalism practice and the paper concludes that such a venture can sustain professional values, knowledge, skills and practices; encourage innovation and enhance journalism students’ employability. There was evidence that the project contributed to community sustainability and helped to resolve dilemmas which arise when journalism students undertake unpaid placements to gain work experience in media organisations which might be making editorial staff redundant.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Baines D

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journalism Education Today

Year: 2012

Volume: 1

Issue: 1

Pages: 35-47

Print publication date: 01/04/2012

Publisher: Association for Journalism Education