Student journalists and news literacy

Jones, Dianne (2014) Student journalists and news literacy. In: Resiliency in Investigative Journalism Conference 2014, 11 Jul 2014, Springfield, Australia.

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One of the questions framing this conference asks whether we are educating journalists to be investigative. Weinberg (1996) argues it would be wonderful to say every journalist is an investigative journalist, but it would be untrue. Rather, every journalist can be an investigative journalist. This paper reports on a strategy to help students become better (investigative) journalists by becoming news literate journalists. This is essential grounding for our future journalists at a time when 'a cacophonous and uneven information ecosystem', populated by 'partisans, charlatans, experts, and amateurs of all stripes and competences', delivers a daily torrent of 'news' and commentary – much of it not vetted or sourced (Adler 2014). Journalists and news consumers alike need to know what information or source is trustworthy, how to determine the accuracy of sourcing and why these things matter.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Unpublished abstract. Full paper is not available.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Arts and Communication
Date Deposited: 14 Feb 2015 05:53
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2017 02:09
Uncontrolled Keywords: journalism; journalist; news; literacy; investigation; investigative
Fields of Research : 19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1903 Journalism and Professional Writing > 190301 Journalism Studies
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9502 Communication > 950204 The Media

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