Journalism education: finding its space in the academy

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Stephens (2000) made a good point when he stated that journalism education and its curriculum is overwhelmingly influenced by ‘externally derived conditions’. This challenges journalism educators to look closely at the needs of industry, the academy and students and for journalism to find its rightful place within universities. Almost a decade ago Frith & Meech (2007) asserted ‘the most significant change in the occupation…is that it has become in effect, a career for graduates.’ (p137) This paper will explore how the transformation from ‘on-the-job’ training to graduate-level training within the academy has changed how journalists are taught. It will discuss how journalism educators need to design degrees which certainly teach practice-based skills but which, as Gregorian (2011) sought, ‘are [places] where students would acquire not only skills but the intellectual depth and curiosity and the commitment to honesty and high ethical standards they will need to uphold the core values of this vital profession.’
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 23 Jun 2016
EventAssociation for Journalism Education Annual Conference 2016 - University of Newcastle (London Campus), London, United Kingdom
Duration: 23 Jun 201624 Jun 2016


ConferenceAssociation for Journalism Education Annual Conference 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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  • journalism education


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