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ERIC Number: EJ904773
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0190-2946
The Faculty and the Fourth Estate
Jaschik, Scott
Academe, v96 n5 p35-37 Sep-Oct 2010
The relationship between faculty members and the press is complicated. Judging by surface similarities, one might think reporters and academics would get along well. Both groups care about words and ideas, and in both careers, people can make their names by challenging conventional wisdom and framing issues in new ways. Critics of both groups accuse them of liberal bias. But as the author's unsuccessful interview with the Nietzsche scholar suggests, they don't always communicate well with each other. In this article, the author focuses on reporters who work for general-interest media--the local newspapers, television stations, blogs, and so forth that are read by nonacademics--and on the academics who may end up working with these reporters. He suggests that if faculty want to be heard on the major issues facing higher education, they might start by improving their relationship with the press. Some tips on how to do a better job of engaging the press are also offered.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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