Australia’s newest and happiest journalism graduates celebrated Jschool’s first graduation day at a ceremony in Brisbane.
The first graduates of Australia’s newest journalism school, Jschool, received their Diploma of Journalism awards at a Brisbane ceremony on November 29.
Parents, partners and friends joined leading journalists in celebrating the students’ achievements, which included the hundreds of stories they have already had published in newspapers throughout Queensland and New South Wales.
The diplomas were presented by ABC radio news chief David Anderson, who said the students had taken a major step in their career paths.
In a message to the graduates, Courier-Mail investigative journalist and Walkley winner Hedley Thomas urged them to be idealistic and to believe that they could change society for the better.
Student valedictorian Paul Lancaster praised the skills of the many journalists and teachers who contributed to the Jschool program. He said it was a groundbreaking course where students could “learn the craft of journalism and learn it well”.
At the same ceremony the students received their shorthand certificates from the principal and Queensland general manager of Martin College, Ms Jill Lange-Mohr. After the ceremony, journalists, teaching staff, families and friends toasted the new graduates at a Chinese banquet in a city restaurant.
Jschool’s 2002 graduates are currently either working as interns or cadets with regional daily newspapers.
Director of Jschool Professor John Henningham said he was very pleased with the progress of the first intake of students.
“They’ve worked very hard and have radiated their enthusiasm and commitment in newsrooms across two states,” he said. “I’ve never known a group of students so happy to be learning and so keen to get their stories into print. It convinces me that we’ve got the right formula at Jschool, which is unique in Australia for its journalism-focused teaching method.”
He said the students’ stories had been published in daily and non-daily newspapers between Cairns and Newcastle. They included at least one front page story by each student. Between them, the students have had more than 300 stories published in newspapers this year.