Making news today

A tool for adoption of ethics principles using technology-supported television journalism

David Blackall*, Lori Lockyer, Barry M. Harper

*Corresponding author for this work

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There are movements internationally towards curricula that incorporate values and citizenship education. In Australia, this movement has been illustrated with the adoption of a national curriculum in values education. This has arisen from the perceived need for citizens to hold values around the rights and responsibilities of functioning within a democracy. The Making News Today programme has been designed to develop a range of literacies enabling learners, for example, to read the media beyond the interests of the elite. The programme incorporates a journalistic process for television news production for middle school students using laptop and handheld video technologies, with embedded ethics and values education. The article reports on an analysis of the implementation of this programme with middle school students in Australia with reference to student adoption of ethical stances in the journalistic process and the implications for the use of this project in developing ethics, values and citizenship as part of the curriculum process.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)277-294
Number of pages18
JournalLearning, Media and Technology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2011
Externally publishedYes

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