1st Edition

Journalism Education, Training and Employment

ISBN 9781138774889
Published March 27, 2014 by Routledge
248 Pages

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Book Description

During this period of rapid and significant change in journalistic practices, journalism educators are re-examining their own profession and contributing to the invention of new models and practices. This edited volume of studies by respected international scholars describes the diverse issues journalism educators are grappling with and the changes they are making in purpose and practice. The book is organized into three sections -- education, training and employment – that explore common themes:

  • How the assumptions embedded in journalism education are being examined and revised in the light of transformative changes in communication;
  • How the definitions of journalism and journalists are broadening in scope and what this means for educators;
  • How newsrooms and training programs around the world are being re-examined and made more effective.

An introductory essay and section summaries provide context for the thirteen chapters that constitute the collection. The section on journalism education explores fundamental ways educators are seeking to make their institutions and practices stronger and more responsive. The section on training includes case studies of journalism training programs in sub-Saharan Africa, Turkey, Sweden and the U.S. The final section examines the job prospects and employment market for journalism students with data from the U.S., U.K, Australia, and Sweden.

The scope of issues considered in the book makes it a valuable resource for journalism scholars from around the world, as well as doctoral students, journalism and communication administrators in universities, organizations that fund journalism training programs, and practitioners interested in understanding employment and education trends.

Table of Contents

I: Education.  1: Realigning Journalism Education, Donica Mensing.  2: What it Means to Work towards "Excellence" In African Journalism Education, Guy Berger.  3: Journalism Education At Historically Black Colleges: Earning Accreditation and Preparing Students for Future Challenges, Jerry Crawford and Barbara B. Hines.  4: Missing The Scoop: Exploring The Cultural And Sociological Influences Of News Production Upon College Student Journalists, Robert E. Gutsche Jr. II: Training.  5: Making The World Safe For Autonomy?: The US Initiative To Reorient "Foreign Journalists" 1945-1970, Marion C. Wrenn.  6: Not Really Enough!: Foreign Donors And Journalism Training In Ghana, Nigeria And Uganda, Anya Schiffrin.  7: Turkish Journalists and Ethical Self-Reflection Through On-Line Training, Mine Gencel Bek.  8: The Changing Role Of Internships As Newsrooms Shrink and Evolve: Collaboration and Intern-As-Teacher, Leslie-Jean Thornton.  9: Global Journalism: An Emerging News Style And An Outline For A Training Programme, Peter Berglez.  III: Employment.  10: There’s a Long Tail in Journalism Education Too, John Cokley and Angela Ranke.  11: Should Editors Prefer Postgraduates? A Comparison Of United Kingdom Undergraduate And Postgraduate Journalism Students, Mark Hanna and Karen Sanders.  12: Help Wanted: An Examination Of New Media Skills Required By Top U.S. News Companies, Debora Wenger, Lynn C. Owens, Michael Charbonneau and Kristine Trever.  13: Passing Through Journalism? Journalism As A Temporary Job And Professional Institutions In Decline, Gunnar Nygren.

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Bob Franklin has a Chair in Journalism Studies and is Director of the Journalism Studies Research Group at Cardiff University, UK. He is the Editor of Journalism Studies and Journalism Practice.

Donica Mensing is Associate Professor, Reynolds School of Journalism, University of Nevada, Reno.