ERIC Number: EJ1086568
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Training Social Justice Journalists: A Case Study
Nelson, Jacob L.; Lewis, Dan A.
Journalism and Mass Communication Educator, v70 n4 p394-406 Dec 2015
Journalism schools are in the midst of sorting through what it means to prepare journalists for a rapidly transitioning field. In this article, we describe an effort to train students in "social justice journalism" at an elite school of journalism. In our ethnographic analysis of its first iteration, we found that this effort failed to turn social justice journalism into a specialized and teachable form of news production. By exploring the assumptions inherent in the program's first iteration, this article reveals how assumptions that journalism academics and practitioners make about the craft can hurt attempts to teach it.
Descriptors: Social Justice, Case Studies, Journalism Education, Journalism, Ethnography, Educational Practices, Educational Change, Critical Theory, Interviews, Participant Observation, Fellowships, Educational Cooperation, Reliability, College Programs
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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