1st Edition

Challenges and New Directions in Journalism Education

Edited By Karen Fowler-Watt Copyright 2023
    192 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    192 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Drawing on original and innovative contributions from educators, practitioners and students, Challenges and New Directions in Journalism Education captures and informs our understanding of journalism pedagogy in the context of ongoing shifts in journalism practice.

    Journalism is once again facing challenges, accused of elitism and often branded as too far removed from the reality of people’s lives. The post-truth context has engendered a crisis of trust, and journalism is portrayed as core to the problem, rather than the solution. Citizen journalism and societal shifts have provoked a move away from ‘top-down’ reporting, towards greater interactivity with audiences, but inclusivity remains an issue with news organisations and industry councils intensifying protocols in a bid to create more diverse newsrooms. This poses multiple questions for journalism educators: How is journalism education engaging with these imperatives in the ‘post-pandemic’ context? How can student perspectives inform our response? What journalism should we teach? Against this landscape, and in response to these questions, this book engages with a series of key themes and objectives related to challenges and new directions in journalism education. These include discussions around safeguarding, sustainability, journalism’s ‘democratic deficit’, integrating media literacy and the ‘post-pandemic’ context. Each chapter draws on primary data, case studies and examples to describe and unpack the topic, and concludes with practical suggestions for journalism educators.

    Challenges and New Directions in Journalism Education is key reading for anyone teaching or training to become a teacher of journalism.

    List of Figures

    List of Tables

    List of contributors

    Editor’s introduction


    Challenges in Journalism Education

    1. A Changed Landscape: Re-imagining journalism education ‘post-pandemic’

    Karen Fowler-Watt

    2. Broadening Horizons: can student perspectives help meet journalism’s challenges?

    Andrew Bissell

    3. A ‘Hotchpotch of conflicting schools’: The problems plaguing journalism education in the 2020s

    Graham Majin

    4. Sports journalism’s dilemma: all about celebrating the spectacle?

    Max Mauro

    5. Why Politics and Public Affairs still matter

    David Brine

    6. Media Literacy and/in Journalism Education – Learning from (Media) Action

    Julian McDougall


    New Directions in Journalism Education

    7. Inclusive approaches to news

    In conversation with Daniel Henry and De Graft Mensah

    8. Integrating journalism education and the sustainability agenda

    Fiona Cownie and Michael Sunderland

    9. From skillset to mindset: the re-conceptualisation of entrepreneurial journalism in Higher Education

    Jo Royle

    10. My Story: News for and by teenagers preventing the recruitment of youngsters by non-state armed groups through participatory journalism in Colombia.

    Mathew Charles

    11. Better Safe than Sorry: Preparing journalism students for a dangerous world.

    Jaron Murphy




    Karen Fowler-Watt is Associate Professor of Journalism and research theme lead for the Journalism Education Research Group in Bournemouth University’s Centre for Excellence in Media Practice, UK. She is a former BBC journalist who worked in Radio 4 News and Current Affairs as an output editor and as a field producer in the Middle East and the United States.