Journalists For The 21st Century

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This book reports the results of a comparative survey of journalism students in university-level institutions in 22 countries of the major world regions. The survey and analysis are guided by a critical discussion of concepts of journalistic professionalism and the role played by education and training in developing such ideas. The book explores the origins and motivations of students, and the ambitions they have as future journalists. The students had three different concepts of the role of the press: the enlightenment model in which the prime functions is to educate and inform; the power model, ensuring the views of socially powerful groups are publicized; and the entertainment model, which provides the audience with distractions. With a strong desire for professional status, they believe that the form of media ownership dominant in their own society is a major threat to press freedom.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1 Introduction 1
Pt. I The Fate and the Situation of Journalism as a Profession
2 Who Counts as a Journalist? 17
3 Is Journalism (Becoming) a Profession? 33
4 The Status of Journalism: Autonomy, Ethics and Education 45
Pt. II Perceptions of Journalistic Careers Among First-Year Journalism Students in 22 Countries
5 Survey Design and Data Collection 57
6 The Global Context: Freedom of the Press and Pressures Upon Journalists 77
7 Student Ambitions and Journalistic Realities 104
8 Choosing Journalism: Students' Background, Motivations, and Expectations 129
9 Professional Qualities and Demands on Modern Journalists 147
10 Conclusion 179
Appendix: The English-Language Version of the Questionnaire 187
References 197
Author Index 203
Subject Index 207
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