Newsroom-Classroom Hybrids at Universities: Student Labor and the Journalism Crisis, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Newsroom-Classroom Hybrids at Universities

Student Labor and the Journalism Crisis, 1st Edition

By Gunhild Ring Olsen


200 pages | 3 B/W Illus.

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This book investigates the success of U.S. nonprofit university centers, where students work alongside investigative reporters, from a professional and educational perspective.

Drawing on a detailed investigation of four of the most prominent and renowned centers in the U.S. – the IRP Berkeley (UC Berkeley), the Stabile Center (Columbia University), the Workshop (American University), and the New England CIR (Boston University) – the newsroom role and the classroom role of university nonprofits is examined. Finding the description of a win-win situation – where overstretched newsrooms get extra resources; while students learn from the best – an oversimplification, the author explores learning outcomes, student experiences, financial benefits, and quality of the student output.

Offering an in-depth analysis of the characteristics, challenges and benefits of different forms of journalistic cooperation, this book will be a useful resource to scholars, students and practitioners of journalism, journalism education, and media practice.

Table of Contents

Introduction: A win-win-situation?; Part I: Turning classrooms into newsrooms; Chapter 1. The teaching hospital model; Chapter 2: Small players in the nonprofit field; Chapter 3: New hybrids enlarging the net; Part II: The centers as newsrooms; Chapter 4: The autonomy of the centers. Triply dependent – but independent?; Chapter 5: The production of the centers; Chapter 6: Not the solution to the journalism crisis; Part III: The centers as classrooms; Chapter 7: What journalism students need to know; Chapter 8: Back to apprenticeships?; Chapter 9: The need of strong universities; Conclusion: Not always a win-win situation; Recommendations for future hybrid projects; List of interviewees

About the Author

Gunhild Ring Olsen is Associate Professor at the Institute of Journalism, Volda University College.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Journalism

This series is our home for innovative research in journalism. It includes monographs and edited collections that provide insight into a field that faces the challenges of an ever-evolving news and media environment.


To submit a proposal for this series, please contact:
Suzanne Richardson, Commissioning Editor for Media, Cultural and Communication Studies
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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Careers / Internships
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Industries / Media & Communications Industries
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies