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ERIC Number: EJ964842
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jun
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1077-6958
How to Kill a Journalism School: The Digital Sublime in the Discourse of Discontinuance
McDevitt, Michael; Sindorf, Shannon
Journalism and Mass Communication Educator, v67 n2 p109-118 Jun 2012
The authors argue that journalism's uncertain identity in academia has made it vulnerable to unreflective instrumentalism in the digital era. They show how instrumentalism intertwined with the digital sublime constitutes a rhetorically resonate rationale for closing a journalism school. Evidence comes from documents and testimony associated with discontinuance of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Colorado. Vulnerability of the school became apparent in its own Advisory Board recommending closure. The authors warn against stakeholders in journalism education internalizing the fear and opportunism implicit in a discourse of the digital sublime, a discourse ultimately in service to discontinuance. (Contains 28 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Colorado