Jschool News

Top employment outcomes for Jschool graduates

Research into our graduate outcomes shows that 63 percent of Jschool graduates have gone into media positions, mainly as journalists. A further 19 percent have gone on to further study (generally using credit from the Jschool diploma). The success rate of Jschool graduates is three times the rate for university journalism graduates, where an estimated 20 percent get journalism jobs (http://www.theaustralian.com.au/higher-education/degree-of-doubt-for-journalism-students/story-e6frgcjx-1226330666395)

Great feedback from students

Asked to comment on the course mid-year, Jschool students gave us encouraging feedback.

See student comments.

Another great Jschool survey

The most recent survey of Diploma of Journalism students confirms Jschool's reputation as the journalism college with the most satisfied students. Students have praised the efforts of teaching staff to make the course interesting and useful.

See survey summary.

Well done Bernice

Best wishes to Jschool student Bernice Kelly from Brisbane in winning a cadetship with the Burdekin Advocate, a well-regarded News Corp regional newspaper in Ayr, south of Townsville.

No agents at Jschool

If you'd like to inquire or study journalism with Jschool, please apply to us directly at https://forms.jschool.com.au/apply-for-jschool-online/. To ensure integrity and quality control Jschool does not deal with agents or intermediaries - despite many approaches.

Congratulations Declan

Best wishes to Jschool graduate Declan Cooley from Sydney on joining the reporting staff of the Gladstone Observer, an important Queensland daily newspaper in the APN group.

Congratulations Hannah Baker

Congratulations Jschool student Hannah Baker, who has joined the staff of the Fraser Coast Chronicle as a cadet journalist. Well done Hannah and good luck!.

From Jschool students to full-time journalists

Great news this week with the appointment of two former Jschool students (both online students in the Class of 2014) to full-time journalism positions - Patrick Reincke as a reporter at the Barrier Daily Truth in Broken Hill, and Walt Curnow to the English-language version of Egypt's Al-Ahram newspaper. Congratulations and well done gentlemen!

2015 Diploma of Journalism

Jschool is accepting applications for the midyear 2015 Diploma of Journalism intake. Email [email protected] for more information or apply online.

Free textbooks

To help students who are struggling to make ends meet, Jschool will provide essential textbooks to all students enrolled in the Diploma of Journalism. In addition, most reading requirements can be met through free online resources. Jschool students who have previously studied university subjects say it is a welcome change not to have to buy books, after spending hundreds of dollars each semester on expensive texts while at uni.

Happy students (and staff)

Jschool staff are popping champagne corks at news of our first semester online student survey, showing top levels of satisfaction among Jschool students. Jschool director John Henningham said the results gave much encouragement to staff, and incentives to improve further. See survey summary.

Online course

Jschool's Diploma of Journalism may now be studied online anywhere in the world. Part-time entry study is offered in addition to full-time enrolment, with the full-time diploma taking one year.

Uni journalism fees may double

Planned deregulation of public university fees announced in the federal budget is tipped to lead to a doubling of fees in uni communication courses, including journalism: Article link

It is predicted that university communication fees will rise to $37,000 SMH Article

Jschool's fees for the Diploma of Journalism will not be affected.

UQ journalism set to close

Sad to see the once great journalism course at the University of Queensland facing closure: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-06-02/uq-considers-dumping-journalism/5492470

UQ's problems began when, in the face of industry advice, it abandoned its stand-alone Department of Journalism and amalgamated journalism with communication theory and PR, losing senior teaching staff, industry respect and student enrolments: http://www.jschool.com.au/acboard.php.

Loan fee dropped

One bright spot in the federal budget for vocational students doing diplomas is dropping of the 20% loan fee added to FEE-HELP loans by the government. FEE-HELP students at independent colleges - including Jschool - will now be treated in the same way as HECS students, with no loan fee. (The loan fee for private universities like Bond is currently 25% but will also be dropped.)

2014 Mid-year entry to Jschool

Jschool's Diploma of Journalism is now open to mid-year entries. Students will be able to study journalism online ( part-time or full-time ) for the one-year diploma course. To inquire, email [email protected] or apply online

Cadet of the Year awarded to Jschool journalism graduate!

Jschool graduate Aba Saad has done us proud by winning Fairfax Regional Media's Cadet of the Year award. Well done Aba! .


Jschool students at Parliament

Jschool's political junkies spent half a day at Queensland's Parliament House, learning about history and current practices from the splendid Education & Liaison team.

Online journalism course launched

Jschool is running an online course from 2013, designed for external students anywhere in Australia (or the world). Contact us for more details.

Online journalism course

At Jschool we're looking at running an external Diploma of Journalism course from next year, for people from other parts of Australia (or overseas) who can't relocate to Brisbane. Let us know if you're interested in studying with us online in 2013. [email protected]

Laurie Oakes' address to Jschool students on Youtube

Distinguished Australian political journalist Laurie Oakes, political editor of National Nine news, received an honorary doctorate from Jschool at our recent graduation ceremony. Laurie's inspiring acceptance speech is now on Youtube, at Laurie Oakes address to Jschool graduates.

Two Jschool students chosen for editorial traineeships

Jschool is delighted that two of our Class of 2010, John Corlett and Anthony Gough, have been appointed to Queensland Newspapers editorial traineeships, beginning in December 2010. They will work on the Courier-Mail, Sunday Mail and Quest newspapers during these newly-created positions. Well done gentlemen!

Emma to Morning Bulletin, Rockhampton

Well done Emma McBryde, appointed to the newsroom of Rockhampton's Morning Bulletin. Emma is our first student this year to be employed as a journalist by a daily newspaper. Good on you Emma!

Jschool student wins top media award

Congratulations to Jschool student John Corlett, who has been named 2010 winner of the Queensland Clarion Awards' Most Outstanding Journalism Student, metropolitan division. The Clarions are the peak awards for journalism in Queensland, and we're very proud that one of our students has won the top prize. Well done also runner-up Anthony Gough. Jschool students Anthony Gough and David Stuart have also been highly commended in the Journalism Education Association's Ossie Awards. Congratulations all round! Clarion winners.

Congratulations Natalie

Congratulations to Jschool student Natalie Hart, appointed to a position as a journalist with the Beaudesert Times. Natalie, originally from Invercargill in New Zealand, is our first student this year to gain a full-time position in the newsroom. Well done Natalie!

Two Jschool students named as finalists in Media Awards

Congratulations to John Corlett and Anthony Gough, who have been named as finalists in the Queensland Clarion Awards for Most Outstanding Journalism Student, metropolitan division: 2010 finalists announced.

***NEW***   NewsBytes — the world's newest newspaper

Jschool has launched an online action-packed multimedia newspaper — NewsBytes. Check it out: newsbytes.com.au.

How to break into Journalism

For some sound advice about journalism as a career, including endorsement of Jschool's hands-on approach to journalism education by top ABC news producer Ben Hawke, see Elizabeth Allen's CareerOne article How to break into journalism.

Jschool number 1 AGAIN

Jschool has again scored a 100 percent satisfaction rating from past students: Top journalism schools

Jschool award to Asia-Pacific Journalism Centre's John Wallace

Head of the Melbourne-based Asia-Pacific Journalism Centre, John Wallace, has accepted an honorary doctorate of journalism from Jschool, awarded in recognition of his outstanding work in facilitating exchanges between journalists and regional understanding. See Radio Australia's report: Australian journalist honoured for contribution to Asia Pacific.

Thank you editors

Our sincere thanks to the many editors who have recently accepted Jschool students as interns, including editors of Brisbane News, Community Newspaper Group (Perth), Express Advocate (NSW Central Coast), Herald Sun (Melbourne), The Independent (Brisbane), Queensland Times (Ipswich), marie-claire (Sydney) and the Sunshine Coast Daily. Our students are grateful for the experience and challenges you have given them. Thanks also to editors and news directors for welcoming our students on site visits this semester, including Australian Associated Press, Radio 4BC, Brisbane Times and the Media Entertainment & Arts Alliance.

Congratulations Brett on South Australian job

Well done Brett Barfoot, our first 2009 student to get a job as a journalist. Brett, who joined us this year from Geelong, has joined the staff of the Naracoorte Herald. We wish good luck to Brett and to his beloved Cats.

Welcome to new students

A great bunch of new students has joined us for the Diploma of Journalism at Jschool this year. Joining our home-grown Queensland students are journalists of the future from Australian states Western Australia, Victoria (Melbourne and Geelong) and New South Wales, as well as overseas students from Finland, Japan and Nepal. A warm welcome to you all!

Congratulations Clare

Well done Clare Chapman, who's landed a job as a reporter with the Fairfax-owned Taupo Times newspaper in New Zealand after coming to Jschool from Auckland in 2008 for the Diploma of Journalism. Kia ora Clare!

Namaste, Sandy

Best wishes to our student from Mumbai, India, Sandhya Shetty, who's gained a newsroom position with the Warwick Daily News. Apna khayal rakhna Sandy (Take care!).

Best wishes Cait

Congratulations to our youngest '08 graduate, Cait Bester, for your new job at the Mackay Daily Mercury. It must be great to be a full-time journalist just a year after finishing Year 12. We're sure you'll make your mark on central Queensland.

The two Graces

Well done our two 2008 Graces who have gone on to further study in media and arts after completing the Diploma of Journalism — Grace Naug to La Trobe University in Victoria and Grace Winzar to the University of Sydney.

Request for feedback - Diploma of Journalism re-accreditation

Suggestions and comments are invited on Jschool's Diploma of Journalism as we prepare for the five-yearly course accreditation process through the Australian Qualifications Framework. Advice from journalists and the public will help us design the best possible teaching program for the next five years. Comments from current and former students are especially welcome. What areas do you think are essential in a vocational journalism course? Please email: [email protected] by 8th December 2008.

Goodonyer Luke

Best wishes to 2008 Jschool graduate Luke Buffier, who is joining the staff of Rural Press newspaper the Moree Champion after successful internships with the Queensland Times and the Maitland Mercury. Champion move Luke!

Jschool honorary doctorate to APN Media's Peter Owen

Congratulations to Peter Owen, group executive editor of APN Media, awarded an honorary Doctor of Journalism degree by Jschool in recognition of his considerable contribution to regional journalism and to journalism education and training. See The Australian's Media Diary: Doctorate for Owen.

Jschool graduate writes book on murder investigation

Congratulations to Jschool graduate (class of 2003) Edmund Tadros who has written a book flowing from a major investigative series he wrote for the Sydney Morning Herald on the murder of pregnant mother Jody Galante. See "Blood, tears & lies" (SMH) and "What the Mother Knew". Edmund has also set up a blog on his journalism.

Well done Rob

Rob Lockyear is the first of the Class of 2008 to get a job in journalism. Rob has been appointed a reporter at the Queensland Times following a successful internship with the Ipswich-based daily. By mid-semester 2, 30 per cent of our 2008 students had been offered journalism jobs.

Jschool honorary degrees for two brave journalists

Jschool applauds the courageous stand of Melbourne Herald Sun journalists Michael Harvey and Gerard McManus, who risked jail to uphold the Australian Journalists Association's code of ethics. Jschool has awarded the two reporters honorary doctorates in journalism: Two journalists honoured for integrity.

Praise as Mitch converts try to goal

From Mike Colman's sports column in the Courier-Mail (20 Oct): "Former Queensland Origin and 1979 premiership-winning back Mitch Brennan was known for a bewildering change of direction during his playing days. Obviously nothing has changed. After many years in club administration the two-time Golden Try winner will graduate next week from respected local journalism academy Jschool."

Jo named finalist in Queensland Media Awards

Congratulations to 2007 student Jo Mitchell-Turner who has been named a finalist as Most Outstanding Journalism Student in the Queensland Media Awards. We'll all be cheering for you on the big night Jo!

Jschool retains top rank in national survey

Jschool is delighted to have again received a 100 percent satisfaction rating from past students: Top journalism schools

First 2007 Jschool cadetship to Joe

Congratulations to 2007 student Joe Flynn, who's been hired by the Bundaberg News-Mail following a successful mid-year internship. Joe's the first of our 2007 Class to get full-time work in journalism. Well done Joe!

Broken Hill post for Katrina

And congratulations also to Katrina Belle, who's accepted a cadetship at the Barrier Daily Truth following her internship there. Good on you Katrina!

New jobs for Jschool graduates

Congratulations to Jack Hawke on winning one of the foundation journalism cadetships offered by national number 1 website NineMSN. And congratulations also to Andrew MacDonald for being appointed a graduate cadet at the Gold Coast Bulletin. And to Leysha Penfold for scoring a job as a journalist at the Daily Examiner, Grafton — her dream location!

Jobs for our graduates — 100% hit rate for Class of 2006!

ALL Jschool's 2006 Diploma of Journalism students had media jobs by the end of February 2007. Can any other journalism school, college or university in Australia (or the world!) match this record? Well done all our fine students.

Great start to 2007 journalism course

The 2007 Diploma of Journalism course has just started, with a diverse and vibrant bunch of students keen on careers in journalism. In addition to our newcomers from Queensland and New South Wales, we're delighted to have welcomed into our course three overseas students — from Sweden, Canada and New Zealand. A warm welcome to you ladies!

Wonderful news Merrin

Congratulations to 2006 graduate, globe-trotter and quiet achiever Merrin Jagtman, who's joining the staff of the Warwick Daily News as a cadet journalist/photo-journalist. Happy snapping Merrin!

Peace be with you Leysha

Dynamic do-anything '06 grad Leysha Penfold has temporarily given up skydiving and sailing to join the team organising the Dalai Lama's forthcoming visit to Australia. Can you persuade His Holiness to join you on a bungee jump? Good luck and enjoy!

Walking for the environment

2006 Jschool graduate and Blues-supporter Danni Pomfret has stubbed out her ciggies and hit the highway as part of the support team for Sarah Bishop's two-month 1000km walk from Brisbane to Sydney to raise awareness of global warming (www.onegiantwalk.org). Go Danni!

Congratulations Andrew on Coast job

Best wishes to '06 graduate Andrew MacDonald, who's joining the Gold Coast Bulletin newsroom as an editorial assistant. Congratulations Andrew and happy surfing!

Jschool students on ABC Radio National's "Media Report"

Interviews with three of Jschool's newest graduates went to air nationally in December on ABC Radio National's "Media Report": Listen to a podcast of the program or read the transcript at "Media graduates head into the world".

Courier-Mail lauds Jschool's graduate employment success

Jschool rated a top-of-the-page mention in the Courier-Mail's education pages: "Graduates from Brisbane's independent city-based journalism college Jschool are being snapped up by media organisations." (Courier-Mail, "IQ", 25 October 2006, p.20).

Congratulations Greg on TV journalism job

Greg Thomson from our Class of 2006 has been appointed to the position of journalist/producer with regional Victoria News service Southern-Cross Ten. Well done Greg and good luck!

National coverage for Jschool graduation

Jschool's 2006 graduation received national wire service coverage through Australian Associated Press, appearing in the Breaking News web sites of all major metropolitan and national newspapers. The story quoted honorary Doctor of Journalism recipient Don Gordon-Brown's call for publishers to launch a second daily newspaper in Brisbane: Jschool in the media

Leysha a Queensland Media Awards finalist!

Congratulations Jschool student Leysha Penfold, who's been named a finalist as Most Outstanding Journalism Student in the 2006 Queensland Media Awards. Leysha has been an intern newshound at the Sunshine Coast Daily and the Tweed Daily News. It's the fourth year in a row Jschool has been among the finalists for this prestigious award.

Great work Zane!

The first 2006 Jschool Diploma of Journalism student to get a full-time newsroom job is Zane Jackson, who came to us from the Gold Coast. Terrific news Zane, and very well deserved. Zane is to join the journalism staff of respected Queensland regional daily, the Bundaberg News-Mail. Zane previously had internship experience at the Gold Coast Bulletin and Grafton's Daily Examiner.

And Alexis too!

The good news rolls in ... Current Jschool student Alexis Terracini is also going to the News-Mail in Bundaberg as a cadet journalist. Good on you Alexis, well done! Alexis has had internship experience at the Northern Star, Lismore.

"What makes a good school of journalism"

National daily newspaper The Australian highlights Australia's best journalism schools — including Jschool! — and interviews their heads-of-school, Jschool's Professor John Henningham and USC's Dr Steve Lamble: Sally Jackson: "What makes a good school of journalism" (21 Sep 2006).

Jschool students' blog

Jschool students recount the travails and triumphs of their journalism course in the Jschool Blog.

Students rate Jschool

National surveys of recent graduates' satisfaction with their journalism degree and diploma courses show very high comparative rankings for Jschool: Top journalism schools

Nice one Greg!

Greg Thomson is the first 2006 Jschool student to find work in the media. Greg, 18, has been appointed a part-time production assistant at Channel 9. The former Padua school captain has been actively involved in community television through Briz31 TV. Congratulations Greg!

James moves further north

Jschool 2005 graduate James O'Loan has been lured further north, to join the staff of the Cairns Post after starting his journalism career at the Mackay Daily Mercury. The Post's staff includes 2002 Jschool grad Stephanie Sager. Hope you both enjoy reporting on Queensland's tropical paradise.

Our Jack takes on cyclone

Jschool graduate Jack Hawke confronted a cyclone on his first day at work. Congratulations Jack on the job with the Tully Times — and on your comprehensive on-the-spot coverage of the major North Queensland disaster. Read the interview the ABC did with Jack on the Media Report.

Daphne on the rise

Well done 2005 grad Daphne Haneman in finding regular freelance and part-time work in Brisbane including appointment as Australian correspondent for the international magazine Forkliftaction.com. This news gave us a real lift!

Footie fan(atic) Angela marches with the Saints!

Well played award-winning Angela Banbury for winning a job with the St Kilda Football Club in Melbourne. But don't forget you supported the Lions when you were with us in 2005! And meanwhile, Class of 2004 grad Tony Keen has a regular columnist's spot with Western Australian-based Footygoss.com and with his own AFLCentral.com. Great news Tony.

Good on you Gabrielle!

Jschool warmly congratulates the latest of our Class of 2005 to win a job with a daily newspaper. Brisbane student Gabrielle Wheaton starts work as a journalist with the Queensland Times, where she earlier served an internship. Gabrielle also featured in the Courier-Mail's CareerOne pages, in the Student Snapshot


Well done Lendl!

Eighteen-year-old Lendl Ryan is the latest Jschool student to get a job — just weeks after graduating with his Diploma of Journalism. Lendl has joined the staff of major Queensland regional newspaper the Townsville Bulletin, where he earlier served an internship following work experience at Quest Newspapers. Great work Lendl! And to think that only a year ago he was cramming for his secondary college Year 12 exams...

Jschool's Angela Banbury wins Queensland's highest student journalism award

We're proud to announce that 2005 Jschool student Angela Banbury from Victoria has been named Most Outstanding Journalism Student in the Queensland Media Awards. Well done Angela! The $1500 prize, sponsored by the Queensland Press Gallery, was presented at a gala dinner at Brisbane's Convention Centre. Like last year's Jschool finalist Patrick Watson (now a journalist with the Courier-Mail), Angela won through to the finals against competition from major university journalism courses. Angela, who joined Jschool's journalism training course in February, completed internships with the Sunday Herald Sun and the Courier-Mail's sports department. To cap off a good year she also won the Victorian Country Football League's Media Award for Best Feature Story, for journalism published in her home newspaper, the Pakenham Gazette.

Congratulations James!

James O'Loan from Brisbane has joined the staff of the Mackay Daily Mercury as a final year cadet journalist after studying his Diploma of Journalism with Jschool's journalism school in 2005. On-yer James! James has been an intern at the Redland Times and at the Queensland Times this year, as well as writing GPS rugby match reports for the school of which he was once vice-captain, St Joseph's College Gregory Terrace.

Lucy having a ball

Congratulations 2003 grad Lucy Buhr for getting reporting jobs at both Rural Press and at Island and Mainland News. And also to fellow 2004 graduate Michael Fedrick for joining the reporting staff of Rehame. Good luck to you both.

Paul Lancaster shows his multi-media talent

Redcliffe Herald senior reporter and Jschool 2002 graduate Paul Lancaster was heard doing a radio interview with the ABC to explain local feelings in the run-up to the Redcliffe by-election. And a good show he made of it too!

Students attack university journalism course

Scores of dissatisfied and angry students in the University of Queensland's journalism course have attacked the quality and standards of their program, according to a report in The Australian newspaper (28 September 2005). The complaints are from both local and international students. UQ once laid claim to having the best journalism school in Australia, but standards appear to have plummeted since the former Department of Journalism was forced into a bitterly-opposed amalgamation with communication studies and public relations. (See John Henningham's address to the University of Queensland Academic Board.) The forced merger with communication/PR resulted in the departure of most senior journalism staff including the head of department and foundation professor, as well as revised courses and fewer practical assignments. The students have expressed their views on a dedicated blogspot. There's also an interesting comment on tips on getting into journalism in Notebook Magazine's Forum.

Upgrade your tertiary rank with Journalism Diploma

Students who complete the one-year Diploma of Journalism at Jschool's journalism college can earn a new OP or tertiary entrance rank. Depending upon the university or college, completion of an AQF-accredited vocational diploma gives a new OP of between 7 and 9 (or rank of between 82 and 87). There's also an articulation arrangement with one university, giving Jschool graduates direct entry into the second year of a Bachelor's degree. Contact Jschool at 3232 1575 for more details.

Top jobs for Jschool graduates

Congratulations to two Diploma of Journalism graduates who have been employed by major metropolitan daily newspapers. Edmund Tadros is the only recent graduate of any Queensland journalism course or college to win a traineeship at the Sydney Morning Herald. Patrick Watson is the first 2004 journalism graduate of any college or university to be employed by the Courier-Mail. Well done gentlemen!

Congratulations to Jschool grads on their achievements

Jschool congratulates two recent graduates for high-level recognition of their achievements in journalism. Patrick Watson (class of 2004) has been nominated a finalist in the Queensland Media Awards for most outstanding journalism student. (Pat has also scored a full-time job with Brisbane's metropolitan daily, the Courier-Mail.) Edmund Tadros (class of 2003) has been jointly nominated with William Birnbauer for the United Nations Media Peace Prize (children's rights and issues category) for their investigative reports for the Sunday Age newspaper in Melbourne.

Diploma of Journalism receives national recognition

The Diploma of Journalism has been accredited through the Australian Qualifications Framework. In addition, Jschool has been successfully audited and registered as a training organisation within the Australian Quality Training Framework. The nationally recognised accreditation under the Training and Employment Act is valid until 2009. Accreditation follows detailed examination and approval of the course by editors and other leading members of the media industry representing metropolitan and regional newspaper publishers, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and the Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance. It is the only such recognised vocational course in Queensland. In a separate process involving state and federal Education departments, Jschool and the Diploma of Journalism have been audited and accepted for inclusion on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).

Go straight to second-year uni with Jschool diploma

The University of the Sunshine Coast has signed an articulation agreement with Jschool permitting Diploma of Journalism graduates to enrol in USC degree programs with a year's credit. Jschool graduates can go into the second year of three-year degree programs, receiving credit for studies in journalism and related subjects. Two of Jschool's 2003 graduates have enrolled at USC in 2004 under the new scheme.

Jschool graduates achieve success

Congratulations to Jschool graduate Sean Miyaguchi (class of 2002), who has been appointed editor of the Ipswich Advertiser, a weekly newspaper published by Australian Provincial Newspapers. Sean began his newspaper career at the Grafton Daily Examiner, which has recently employed another Jschool graduate, Toby Walker — well done Toby! Congratulations also to 2003 graduate Edmund Tadros, whose investigative reporting series with the Sunday Age's Insight Team on a boy becoming a drug addict while in state care has been running on page 1 of the respected Fairfax weekly throughout July.

Jschool gives honorary degree to top investigative journalist

Leading investigative reporter Bob Bottom, who has played a major part in exposing organised crime and corruption, received an honorary Doctor of Journalism degree at Jschool's 2003 graduation ceremony.

Jschool in the media


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Graduation day

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Industry comments

The most important people to please are the future employers of journalism graduates. Read what top editors say about Jschool

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Student comments

On the overall satisfaction index, Jschool has the highest rating of any course in Australia (100%). Read what our students say about the Diploma of Journalism

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Jschool in the media

Jschool has been in the news locally and nationally since it enrolled its first students a year ago and set media circles buzzing. Read some newspaper and magazine reports on Jschool's innovative and effective approach to education and training

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Lois and Clark discuss Jschool

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