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