Journalism facing challenging times
aCROSS the world, traditional news and media organisations have been forced to reinvent themselves to keep up with the changing local and global landscapes. From the rise of alternative forms of media to the disintegration of conventional journalism models, being a journalist in the contemporary world requires adaptability, dynamism and a big picture worldview.
“Journalism is undergoing major shifts, along with many political landscapes in a number of different regions,” said Monash University Sunway campus School of Arts and Social Sciences Journalism lecturer Dr Colm McNaughton.
“With the rise of Wikileaks, online media and other new forms of journalism, the media has been totally transformed. Compared to 10 to 15 years ago, it is a totally different place now.”
The rapid changes have made the media industry highly competitive, with those unable to reinvent themselves left behind.
“Recently in Australia, 2,500 jobs were lost
We want our students to look beyond Malaysia because what is happening is just so big.
in the media industry, so this change is real, and those who want to play in this field need to be able to keep up,” said Dr McNaughton, who hails from Victoria, Australia.
At Monash University Malaysia, the Journalism major too will be going through a major revamp to keep up with the times.
“We’re bringing in components to the major that are looking at trends in global media,” said Dr McNaughton. “Part of what we want to do is to engage the change that is going on within journalism globally. We want our students to look beyond Malaysia because what is happening is just so big.”
Dr McNaughton, whose area of specialisation is radio journalism, said the course seeks to equip students with as many skills and contacts needed for them to thrive in the challenging media industry.
The course will also introduce a muchneeded reflective element via a unit on media, power and reporting in South-East Asia as well as a study on understanding global media trends.
To expand the students’ horizons and give them a global perspective on the work they will do as journalists, one of the main additions to the course will be establishing links with international media organisations in India, the Philippines and Indonesia.
“We hope when the students graduate, they will have all sorts of interesting things to engage in, with contacts all over South-East Asia,” said Dr McNaughton.
Dr McNaughton’s extensive experience in radio documentaries has led him to be a recipient of numerous awards, namely his 2008 production “Awakening from History?”, which earned him Australia’s prestigious Walkley Award for Best Radio Feature, Documentary or Broadcast Special.
In 2010, his piece entitled “La Frontera: a journey into the borderlands of Mexico and the United States” bagged the Best Radio category in the United Nations Association of Australia Media Peace Awards.
He hopes to bring his extensive travels and work experience to the classroom. Apart from practical studies, students will also be taught how to engage in freelance work.
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