Investigating the Hypothetical: Building Journalism Skills via Online Challenges
Journalism academics are constantly looking for ways to improve their teaching practices. Foremost is the need to ensure students are equipped with the skills to help them shift seamlessly from classroom to newsroom. These skills are relatively easy to identify – for instance, produce and research story ideas, interrogate complex research material, and then present it in a way that can be understood by an identified audience. This paper focuses on an experimental online hypothetical news scenario in helping students develop these required skills to identify and research complex stories - often described as ‘investigative pieces’ - irrespective of the medium through which they are presented.