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

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posted on 2024-06-13, 08:19 authored by M Hirst
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.

History

Journal

Journalism studies

Volume

11

Pagination

83-98

Location

Oxon, U. K.

ISSN

1461-670X

eISSN

1469-9699

Language

eng

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.

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2010, Taylor & Francis

Issue

1

Publisher

Routledge