A training partnership between News Corp Australia and Google has been recognised for “a new kind of journalism education”.
The skills-based Digital News Academy training initiative delivered by Melbourne Business School was a top winner in last week’s CLO Learning in Practice awards for excellence in academic partnerships in Chicago last week.
The programme is designed “to equip working journalists with the digital skills needed to thrive in the modern era”.
Academy director Sonja Heydeman said it was “an incredible honour” for the initiative to be recognised in its first year, which now counts among its ranks journalists from more than 25 news publishers, including many small regional and community outlets.
As the learning award was announced, the Academy was also preparing for two additional learning experiences – a US study tour for 20 journalists and a “live learning” experience in Sydney.
The US tour group will hear from Google’s expert leads as well as going behind the scenes at a Fox Sports NFL broadcast, Disney Studios and the WSJ tech live conference at Laguna Beach.
In Sydney the annual event will expose journalists to experts in storytelling through the use of drones, still photography, video capture and editing.
Google’s APAC news partnerships director Kate Beddoe says the academy “shows what's possible when we partner with the news industry on mutual goals and is a fantastic example of innovation”.
Speaking on behalf of Melbourne Business School, Sonja Heydeman added, “We love working with organisations striving for stronger, empowered industries”.
Pictured: Sonja Heydeman (right) with Ian Harper, dean and director of Melbourne Business School