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ERIC Number: ED434367
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Aug
Pages: 27
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"Professors of Foresight": Finding a Place for the Future in Journalism Curricula.
Somerville, Richard
The study of the future has grown into a valued tool for business planners, government, and nongovernmental organizations, as well as for many areas of the social sciences. Yet despite the need for reporters and editors who can inject foresight into the news--and despite studies showing that the disciplined use of "futures thinking" not only can be a useful tool for journalists in a rapidly changing world, but a vital one--the use of futures studies in the teaching of journalism and mass communications is found to be an underused resource. The time is ripe for rethinking curricular change. Hendrickson and Tankard (1997), for example, are exploring classroom techniques for using general systems theory. According to their research "Teaching future reporters to think of news events and issues in systems terms may be one approach to expanding the news frame." (Contains 40 references; an appendix outlines a proposed course, "Journalism and the Future.") (NKA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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