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Journalism studies : the need to think about journalists’ thinking

Show simple item record Fourie, Pieter J. 2009-09-29T15:41:42Z 2009-09-29T15:41:42Z 2005
dc.identifier.citation Fourie, Pieter J. 2005. 'Journalism studies : the need to think about journalists’ thinking.' Ecquid Novi , vol. 26, no. 2, pp. 142-158. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0256-0054
dc.description.abstract Journalism trainers and educators (with the emphasis on education) should take the criticism against journalism seriously, including the deep-rooted mistrust of journalism, and use it as a point of departure in their curriculum development. This article paraphrases the early criticism against journalism, after which the two main streams of contemporary criticism, namely critical political economy and professional criticism are briefly discussed. Pierre Bourdieu’s views about the structural limitations of journalism and the fact that these limitations are not questioned by journalists, as well as Kenneth Minogue’s views about journalistic ideology and how it has become transparent and forms the basis of the public’s mistrust of the media, are emphasised. Against this background, it is argued that, to raise the quality of journalism, journalism studies should adopt a more fundamental approach to the understanding of journalism and the journalist’s work. Instead of focussing predominantly on professional skills, there is a need for journalism studies, also in terms of raising its own status as an academic discipline, to focus more on intellectual skills such as reasoning, argumentation, persuasion (rhetoric), contextualisation, the skills of historical thinking, description, interpretation and evaluation. Apart from this, it is argued that South African journalism studies should also focus on the development of an African epistemology for the practice and evaluation of journalism in South Africa. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher University of Wisconsin Press en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Ecquid Novi en_US
dc.subject Journalism en_US
dc.subject Education en_US
dc.subject Practical skills en_US
dc.subject Intellectual skills en_US
dc.subject Phenomenology en_US
dc.subject Criticism en_US
dc.subject Journalistic ideology en_US
dc.subject Journalistic quality en_US
dc.subject Media environment en_US
dc.title Journalism studies : the need to think about journalists’ thinking en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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