IQ test: candidates for journalism are “completely clueless” on this quiz


A LOCAL newspaper says that “completely ignorant” college graduates could not take this basic general knowledge quiz.

JOURNALISM graduates are leaving college “almost comically under-prepared” to work in the real world, according to a local newspaper editor.

Paul Mitchell, editor of the South Australian Riverland newspaper The Murray Pioneer, said six young hopefuls during the newspaper’s recent hiring process were “completely ignorant”, unable to answer a series of basic questions about politics, current affairs and general knowledge.

The 23 questions included puzzles such as “Who is the treasurer of Australia?” “,” What does NBN mean? “” And “Which political party does Donald Trump represent? Only two of the six knew the name of the leader of the federal opposition, while one confused him with the prime minister.

“It’s not just a bad batch of candidates,” Mitchell wrote in an op-ed last week. “The Pioneer Basically been running the same test for many years, changing only the handful of topical questions included in the list.

“The abysmal results have been constant, and if anything is slowly getting worse. What do the poor results of general culture and current affairs say about our school system, and more particularly our university system?

Take the full quiz below. “If you get 10 vouchers, you do better than most supposedly information-hungry, turned-on job seekers fresh out of journalism classes, ready to ‘tell people’s stories’ and take over the world,” he said. Mitchell said.

Mitchell told that the editorial, which included sample responses from the six candidates, had “generated a lot of comments” from people in the area. He said most of those who took the test themselves scored in their 20s.

“Most people were a little shocked by the answers we got on the test,” he said. When asked if he blamed the quality of college courses or graduates’ reliance on social media for their information, he replied that it was a “combination of the two.”

“When they’ve finished school and they get those kinds of results, it makes me scratch my head a little bit, but also if these kids are serious about careers in media and journalism, you’d think they would be a little more lit, ”he said.

But he didn’t blame the lack of preparation on a sense of entitlement, saying he didn’t pick this up from the candidates. “Some of them are generally ignorant,” he said.

Dr John Harrison, senior lecturer at the School of Communication and Arts at the University of Queensland, said journalism should only be taught at the postgraduate level, “once people have a solid foundation of undergraduate in political science, history, business [or] law, so that they really know something ”.

“Quality Fleet Street newspapers tend to take Oxford and Cambridge graduates in Classics, Literature and Politics, Philosophy and Economics, and teach them how to write journalism,” he said. -he declares.

Professor Jason Bainbridge, director of the School of Creative Industries at the University of South Australia, championed the quality of Adelaide graduates.

“At UniSA, our Bachelor of Journalism and Professional Writing is designed to equip students with the essential skills and attributes they need to be successful in journalism – writing and reporting stories on contemporary issues, gathering knowledge quickly, and accurately and understand why it’s important for the job, ”he said.

“Most importantly, they learn the value of lifelong learning and this matches industry experience, through simulations, presentations, speakers and internships. But being a journalist also means understanding that there is always something more to know.

“Anyone preparing for a job interview needs to do their homework and we teach our journalism students that they can rightly expect to be asked about the company they will be working for, general questions about politics. in their own country and maybe even issues related to recent national history.

“This is all about the competitive job application process. A general knowledge test does not and should not define a person’s performance as a journalist.


1. What condition is Broken Hill in?

2. Which city is closest to Adelaide: Port Pirie, Port Augusta or Whyalla?

3. Who is the treasurer of Australia?

4. Who is the leader of the federal opposition?

5. Who is the Prime Minister of Great Britain?

6. Which party does Cory Bernardi represent?

7. Where was Ned Kelly’s last fight?

8. Who wrote Gatsby the magnificent?

9. Which television networks broadcast the following programs:

a) Questions and answers

b) The project

vs) The voice

ten. How many times is The pioneer Murray published? What days?

11. What does NBN mean?

12. What federal headquarters is the Riverland in?

13. Who represented Australia at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest?

14. Which country is home to the satirical magazine Charlie hebdo?

15. Which political party does Donald Trump represent?

16. Red or white:

– Cabernet Sauvignon

– chardonnay

17. Spell Prince Harry’s new bride’s name (first and last name)

18. Which American sitcom was recently canceled because of a racist remark by its star?

19. Where was the FIFA World Cup played?

20. In which sport would you find the following Australian teams:

a) Adelaide Thunderbirds

b) Suns of the Côte d’Or

vs) Melbourne victory

21. When does the Melbourne Cup take place?

22. To the nearest million, what is the Australian population?

23. What condition does Clive Palmer live in?

ANSWERS: 1. New South Wales 2. Port Pirie 3. Scott Morrison 4. Bill shorten 5. Therese May 6. Australian Conservatives 7. Glenrowan, Victoria 8. F. Scott Fitzgerald 9. a) ABC b) Channel 10 c) New ten. Twice a week, Tuesdays and Fridays 11. National broadband network 12. Barker 13. Jessica mauboy 14. France 15. Republican 16. Red White 17. Meghan markle 18. Roseanne 19. Russia 20. a) Netball b) AFL c) Football 21. First Tuesday in November 22. 25 millions 23. Queensland


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