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Let's kill the 'C' word: notions of authentic and synthetic in the teaching of journalism

Oakham, Katrina Mandy 2001, Let's kill the 'C' word: notions of authentic and synthetic in the teaching of journalism, Australian journalism review, vol. 23, no. 1, pp. 199-216.

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Title Let's kill the 'C' word: notions of authentic and synthetic in the teaching of journalism
Author(s) Oakham, Katrina Mandy
Journal name Australian journalism review
Volume number 23
Issue number 1
Start page 199
End page 216
Publisher Journalism Education Association
Place of publication Brisbane, Qld.
Publication date 2001-07
ISSN 0810-2686
Summary One of the less desirable aftermaths of the so-called "Media Wars" - the intellectual debate over the role of cultural studies in the study of journalism - was reinforcement for some of the notion of fortress journalism: a Windschuttlian purist version of the Empire. This paper uses the alleged confrontation between the forces of that Empire (that is, proponents of pure journalism) and the forces of the Dark (that is, critics from a cultural studies tradition) as a means of examining the teaching of journalism in universities. The paper questions how the discipline of journalism should interface with others within the academy and asks what notion of journalism underpins our pedagogy and our epistemology. It is argued that it is time to discard an outdated craft model with its associations of authenticity and replace it with a model of synthetic professionalism.
Language eng
Field of Research 190303 Technical Writing
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30001258

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Literary and Communication Studies
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