Journalism as an Academic Endeavor
Journalism has become one of the most popular areas of study at university level. Every year hundreds of students enrol in journalism courses designed around narrow vocational objectives with limited academic and intellectual engagement. With minor exception, study texts are monopolized by "how to" technical manuals.
In this paper, I will argue that journalism studies and journalism practice should move beyond the limited sphere of the art and craft training tradition. Journalism is not a mere technique. Journalism should be seen as an academic endeavor and an intellectual journey. It's a profession, such as law and pedagogy and as such it's an area that should be deeply inserted in the traditional intellectual and academic tradition of the humanities.
The "humanization" of journalism is even greater than many other academic areas. It deals with people, with their dramas, conflicts and aspirations. It's in this context that journalists should have the skills and the intellectual preparation to contribute to the betterment of society by resorting to its libertarian and humanist tradition.
Antonio Castillo (Australia)
School of Communication, Design and Media
University of Western Sydney
Antonio Castillo is a Chilean born journalist and academic
(30 min. Conference Paper, English)