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Journalism education 'down under' : a tale of two paradigms

Hirst, Martin 2010, Journalism education 'down under' : a tale of two paradigms, Journalism studies, vol. 11, no. 1, pp. 83-98, doi: 10.1080/02615470903217345.

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Title Journalism education 'down under' : a tale of two paradigms
Author(s) Hirst, Martin
Journal name Journalism studies
Volume number 11
Issue number 1
Start page 83
End page 98
Total pages 16
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Oxon, U. K.
Publication date 2010
ISSN 1461-670X
1469-9699
Keyword(s) Australia
journalism education
journalism scholarship
New Zealand
political economy
professionalism
Summary Journalism studies is currently undergoing one of the periodic renovations that is characteristic of an active and diverse community of scholars. This paper examines aspects of this renewal debate among journalism scholars by focusing on the situation in Australia and New Zealand. It argues that the debate ‘‘Down Under’’ mirrors global differences on the issues of ‘‘theory’’ and ‘‘practice’’ in journalism education and that an understanding of the key fault lines in this context can provide useful insights into the wider arguments. In Australia and New Zealand a key area of discussion is around attitudes towards the concept of professionalism in the practice, training and scholarship of journalism. These tensions are apparent in both the news media and in the academy. The contradictory positions of those who favour greater industry involvement in curriculum matters, including accreditation of courses, and those who are less sanguine about the normative influence of industry on critical scholarship are explored in relation to differing attitudes to professionalism and the political economy of news production. The paper concludes that rather than pegging the debate to an unstable definition of professionalism, journalism educators should instead focus more on journalism scholarship founded on a political economy approach.
Notes Paper originally presented at 16th Asian Media Information Annual Conference (AMIC) and 1st World Journalism Education Congress, "Media Education and Development: The Quest for New paradigms", 25-28 June 2007, Singapore.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/02615470903217345
Field of Research 190301 Journalism Studies
Socio Economic Objective 970119 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of the Creative Arts and Writing
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2010, Taylor & Francis
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Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Communication and Creative Arts
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