ERIC Number: ED170763
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Aug
Reference Count: 0
A Plea for the University Tradition.
Carey, James W.
The university tradition of rational debate, moral concern, and public ideals is threatened by the forces of unchallenged professionalism, isolated privatization of individuals, and the loss of public life. Journalism education, caught between these forces, contributes to excessive professionalization at the expense of the university tradition by transmitting a "take it for granted" attitude to the journalistic profession rather than examining the moral and conceptual foundations of the profession. The university tradition, which attempts to adopt the general moral and intellectual point of view, must be cultivated not only within professional schools such as that of journalism but across the university. Specific recommendations to journalism scholars include the following: conceptually restore the idea of public life; aid the media in restoring the public life and public discourse to a real role in the political scene; and extirpate much of the professional spirit of the academic curriculum, asserting the scholarly tradition of concern with broader issues. (DF)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism (61st, Seattle, Washington, August 13-16, 1978)