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


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


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

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ARTICLE: Status of journalism education in the Arab World

How do journalism education programs in the Arab World differ from each other? Eisa Al Nashmi of Kuwait University, Mariam F. Alkazemi of Gulf University for Science and Technology, and Wayne Wanta of the University of Florida, explored the current status of journalism and mass communication education from ten journalism programs in United Arab Emirates, … Continued

ARTICLE: What moves journalism students to study journalism in Serbia?

According to self-determination theory individuals can be either intrinsically motivated (do something because it is inherently interesting) or extrinsically motivated (do something because it leads to a separable outcome), writes Ivanka Pjesivac, of University of Georgia. The study explores these motivations among journalism students in Serbia and tests their impact on the willingness to work in … Continued

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ARTICLE: Too much focus on technology in journalism education?

With a constantly changing industry, a challenge for journalism educators is how to prepare future journalists with the skills they need. Patrick Ferrucci, of the University of Colorado Boulder, interviewed 29 full-time veteran digital journalists in the United States to find out how they perceive current journalism education and the skills of new entrants to … Continued

Roles, values and qualifications of journalism teachers – Nico Drok interview

VIDEO: Roles, values and qualifications of journalism teachers

Nico Drok, Professor of Media and Civil Society at Windesheim University of Applied Sciences, in the Netherlands, talked to us about his ongoing research project. Drok is researching the roles, values, and qualifications of future journalists, focusing on journalism teachers. He also talks about his current interests: the Worlds of Journalism study, media habits of … Continued