Friday, December 27, 2013

Equipping Journalists Better By Changing How Journalism Is Taught



The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) has in a recent blog post brought together the views of two minds on what ails journalism today and how it could be improved.

Titled ‘Journalism Education and the Teaching Hospital Model,’ it features views of Harvard Kennedy School of Government’s Professor Thomas Patterson and Eric Newton of the Knight Foundation.

Journalists have a duty to inform the public and the way they do it now is deeply flawed. Only by deepening journalists’ understanding of what they write can they be expected to inform the public better, they say.

The article is based on an interview given by Patterson, (author of the book ‘Informing the News’) to Harvard Gazette’s Christina Pazannese, and a keynote address to Dutch educators by Newton, (author of ‘Searchlight and Sunglasses: Notes form the Digital Age of Journalism’). Both argue for a new approach to teaching journalism in schools which focus on equipping professionals of the future.

“Instead of simply learning the basic craftwork of a story – how to structure a story with a compelling lead or how to properly conduct interviews – Patterson stresses the importance of learning how to best inform the public. Furthermore, he calls for a complete overhaul of the current reporting system towards a new path called, ‘knowledge-based journalism,’” says World News Publishing Focus.

You can read the article by clicking here

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