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Learning to teach data journalism: Innovation, influence and constraints

Hewett, J. (2016). Learning to teach data journalism: Innovation, influence and constraints. Journalism: Theory, Practice & Criticism, 17(1), pp. 119-137. doi: 10.1177/1464884915612681


Journalism education has tended to respond slowly to developments in digital journalism, such as data journalism, despite or because of close links with the industry. This paper examines the obstacles to innovation in journalism education with particular reference to data journalism, drawing on the literature, a review of stakeholders and course documents, and the author’s reflections on developing a data journalism module as part of a new MA programme. It highlights the complexities linked to the particular demands of data journalism, and identifies critical issues around student satisfaction; reputation and job/career outcomes; relevance, currency and appeal; programme management; and coherence. Rather than holding it back, more specialized socialization could assist journalism education to innovate effectively, the author suggests.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: Copyright Sage 2016
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
Departments: School of Communication & Creativity > Journalism
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