Connecting the Dots between Journalism Practice and Communication Scholarship

Gohen, Jeremy
January 2005
Journalism & Mass Communication Educator;Winter2005, Vol. 59 Issue 4, p335
Academic Journal
In this article, the editor attempts to relate journalism practice with communication scholarship. Today, journalism and mass communication education continues to be a typecast, though rarely based anymore upon hand-eye coordination. Enlightened programs consider dexterity in libraries, the ability to access public records and attributes drawn from a deep well of cultural, artistic, educational, civic and scientific experience to be better predictors of success than typing talent. Not everyone is enlightened. The very nature and breadth of journalism and mass communication practice and instruction arouse an array of perceptions. Preparation for work at dailies--and weeklies, monthlies, and the continuous update demands of the Internet environment--benefits from knowledge and craft across several domains infused into a practice-based curriculum. Real journalists wore green eyeshades to filter out the harsh florescent lighting that hung above the city desk. They were tough, practical souls. They smoked and had contacts at police headquarters.


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