Journalism – do we need training, education, or scholarship

August 29, 2008

As usual there’s an interesting thread developing on Mindy McAdams blog, Teaching Online Journalism.

This one’s about where journalists should be trained, for how long and what the content of their training should be. An oldie, but a goodie.

Mindy’s post also references this one from Pat Thornton’s the Journalism Iconoclast.

Pat’s usually pretty provocative, as you’d expect an iconoclast to be:

…let’s step back from the criticisms of journalism education and ask, what should journalism education be like? Forget the tenured has-beens and the slow moving deans, what would an ideal journalism program look like in 2008?

Would it even be four years? Would it be a certificate program? Would it be a major that required another major?

Would it be a minor? Would it be heavily cross discipline, relying on other majors and departments for core courses?

This is a constant theme in journalism education and has been for the past 20 years or so. In Australia our fight was initially with cultural studies and media studies academics who didn’t see journalism having a place in their academy. But I think we do deserve a seat at the scholarly table.

In fact I argue for journalism scholarship, not training and not just education.

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