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Journalism quiz helps rule out ‘clueless’ graduates

Universities are again being slammed for not properly preparing graduations for the real world.

And this time, we have actual proof.

South Australian newspaper The Murray Pioneer has a long-running tradition of making journalism graduates, who are applying for work, take a general knowledge quiz first.

Siting down six graduates, they’re forced to answer 23 questions.

One question asked is, who is the Treasurer of Australia?

Four out of six said no answer.

A question on the size of Australia’s population prompted one graduate to suggest it was a mere 2 million.

Group Editor Paul Mitchell says this isn’t just one bad batch, the abysmal results have been consistent.

“Hopefully it goes to help us pick someone who’s got a bit of awareness about what’s happening with the world rather than someone who’s completely clueless.”

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