Am I Redundant Without a Double Degree?

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Nothing like a good mean girls reference to summarise yesterday’s lecture with @leighsales (credit to @ChloeWilshire for an incredible meme)

When ABC’s 7.30 reporter Leigh Sales says it is recommended for journalists to pursue another qualification other than journalism, it is a little disheartening to think of the size my HECS debt is going to be at the end of my degree.

But it’s not all doom and gloom for the future of journalism, according to futurist Amy Webb, newsrooms will just shift their focus to more immersive and interactive forms of journalism.

Which brings us back to what Sales said in the lecture.

Should aspiring journalists look towards a double degree, in order to keep up with the changing media landscape?

Sales said journalists can learn anything to compliment their journalism degree.

As at the end of the day, it is what they can add to the industry which their competitors can’t that would land them a job.

According to, journalists should be constantly learning new skills in order to succeed in the fast-paced world of digital journalism.

Some of the skills include Freedom of Information requests, shorthand, editing videos and audio, mobile journalism, crowd-sourcing, social media, coding, data visualisation, and contact gathering.

If you know how to do any of these, you are already at an advantage according to the British website.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have some coding to do…






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