ERIC Number: ED426014
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Spare the Messenger: Telling It As It Happens. ISES Annual Lecture.
This paper reports on the media's handling of education and its portrayal in the media. Reporting of educational initiatives, especially those emanating from government action, often becomes part of the debate surrounding such events and perhaps influences their outcome. The question is asked about how much do journalists become players themselves in the educational debate, rather than being observers and reporting what happens. The question further becomes, are journalists willing or reluctant participants, self-operating or being managed from outside forces? Brief case studies are used to examine the relationship between the media and educational initiatives. Through the case studies, the paper makes the case that education has become highly political over the years, influencing political parties and election campaigns. To project into the future, it is suggested that education will be the biggest spending function and will involve the interests of the most people under a Scottish parliament which will, by necessity, be much smaller and have a narrowly focused media spotlight on it. National organizations in the education world will find themselves more publicly accountable and must be more readily available to the media. There is optimism for the changes to come with the new parliamentary structure and a greater openness for debate. (EH)
Descriptors: Educational Sociology, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Journalism, Mass Media, Mass Media Effects, Mass Media Use, News Reporting, Public Opinion, School Community Relationship
Centre for Educational Sociology, The University of Edinburgh, 7 Buccleuch Place, Edinburgh, EH8 9LW, Scotland, United Kingdom.
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Edinburgh Univ. (Scotland). Centre for Educational Sociology.
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Scotland)