ERIC Number: ED451536
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Mar
Civic Rhetoric Hot off the Press: 100 Years of Journalism in the Composition Classroom.
While composition and journalism as academic subjects are roughly contemporaneous and share similar ends, they have been and remain curiously detached. This paper (part of a panel discussion) examines how journalism itself and the teaching of journalism in college has intersected and diverged from the teaching of writing. The pre-Civil War purpose of education in the rhetorical tradition was to prepare a civic leader who understood the values of his culture and used speech to make those values effective in public affairs. The paper takes the broadest viewpoint, noting some of the 19th and 20th century connections and divergences the two disciplines faced in struggling to make their fields meaningful within academia and beyond it. It argues, first, that both academic journalism and composition have had conflicted relationships with the universities that have housed them: both the disciplines themselves and their universities have wavered about whether they were utilitarian disciplines or academic ones, and both have had trouble explaining how their work would actually trickle down to influence the society they strived to fix, or even whether their academic ideas should trickle down. The final part of the paper argues that journalism education's bifurcated mission of providing professional-service training and creating a better, more active citizenry should shed light on efforts to do both. (NKA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A