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ARTICLE: What do journalism textbooks teach about reporting suicide?

Journalists’ use of news values on specific topics change as societal and scientific norms change. A new research article shows how this transformation can be seen in the case of suicide coverage. Perry Parks of Michigan State University analysed journalism textbooks published in the United States between 1894 to 2016. Suicide has long been a … Continued


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ARTICLE: Using “The Newsroom” to teach journalism ethics

Can a television show teach students ethics of journalism? Laveda J. Peterlin of the University of Saint Mary Leavenworth and Jonathan Peters of the University of Georgia, examined the “The Newsroom” as a way to introduce ethical concepts in teaching. The authors analysed 10 episodes of the series and detected parts where basic principles of … Continued


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ARTICLE: Teaching the basics of data journalism

In a new research article Grant Hannis, of Massey University, examines a study module that introduces the basic concepts and practices of data journalism. The case study looks at a three-hour long data journalism module, part of the postgraduate journalism programme taught at Massey University, New Zealand. The module goes through the following steps: introducing … Continued


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ARTICLE: The what, where and who of data journalism education

What skills do data journalists need and possess? Where is data journalism being taught, and by who? a new study asks. Bahareh R. Heravi of University College Dublin, examined data journalism education in higher education. The research draws data from the 2017 Global Data Journalism Survey (206 participants from 43 countries) and a dataset of … Continued


ARTICLE: The definition of “news” has remained too vague

Despite several attempts of formulating clear definitions, some of the key concepts in mass communication are still hazy, Kevin Ells, of Texas A&M University writes. Ells’s essay criticizes the incoherent or lacking definitions for “mass communication”, “mass media”, and most importantly – “news”. Being unable to differentiate between “news”, “journalism” and “entertainment”, readers and journalists … Continued


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CFP | 22.3. | Cultural journalism in the 21st century

A book on contemporary cultural journalism and education thereof is being coordinated by Montserrat Jurado Martín, of University of Elche, and Beatriz Peña Acuña, of Universidad Católica de Murcia. They are now accepting chapter proposals for the book. The book will be entitled “Cultural Journalism in the 21st Century: Innovative teaching contents” and it will … Continued


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CFP | 19.3. | New trends in media education

The European Communication Research and Education Association is calling for contribution proposals for an upcoming conference on media education. The conference, entitled “Trial & Error II: Innovation and trends between the classroom and the company”, is being organized by a temporary ECREA working group on “Journalism and Communication Education Research”. The event will be hosted … Continued


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ARTICLE: Journalism job postings demand an increasing repertoire of skills

The required skill sets for people working in journalism are continually expanding. At the same time, career prospects of journalism students exceed the usual meanings of “journalism” work. Deb Halpern Wenger and Jason Cain of the University of Mississippi, and Lynn C. Owens of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (authors not in … Continued


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ARTICLE: Journalism students receive inconsistent trauma training

Journalists often encounter traumatizing events, or victims thereof, in their work. These encounters can cause reporters to develop to symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, and cause additional damage to the already-traumatized victims. Hence journalism students should be prepared to recognize and deal with trauma – but are they receiving this training? Gretchen Dworznik, of Kent … Continued


ARTICLE: Journalism training in the age of social media and convergence

Courses in online journalism focused on news writing and reporting can be considered among the most effective vehicles for introducing students to media convergence and journalism 2.0, write Ainara Larrondo Ureta, Simón Peña Fernández, both of University of the Basque Country. This study explores a pedagogical model used in a course offered by Faculty of Social Sciences … Continued