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Reed, Katherine; Hiles, Sara Shipley; Tipton, Peter – Journalism and Mass Communication Educator, 2019
Long before "fake news" became a catchphrase, misguided beliefs about scientific truths undermined the free exercise of democracy and personal decision-making. Journalistic norms such as providing false balance in the name of "objectivity," deliberate manipulation by vested interests, and the human tendency toward confirmation…
Descriptors: Journalism Education, Science Education, Advocacy, Scientific Literacy
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Tischauser, Jeff; Benn, Jesse – Journalism and Mass Communication Educator, 2019
While discussions on validity, professional standards, and routines have become more challenging to many educators of journalism, these challenges are old news to communities of color whose experiences are often discounted or erased by information gathering practices taught in journalism schools. We argue that using the label…
Descriptors: Ethics, Epistemology, Teaching Methods, Journalism Education
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Nee, Rebecca C. – Journalism and Mass Communication Educator, 2019
Teaching information verification skills has become increasingly important in the current post-truth era. Through surveys and interviews with teenagers and young adults in the Middle East and United States, this study explores the changing patterns of social media use for news and actions they take to verify news stories online. Findings show…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Social Media, Mass Media Use, Information Seeking
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Gutsche, Robert E. – Journalism and Mass Communication Educator, 2019
Recent pushes to embrace problems and solutions related to working and teaching in an age of "post-truth" reveal problematic, long-time journalistic cultures and approaches of journalism that educators are challenged to address. This essay provides a critical voice to this special issue on education in "post-truth" to interpret…
Descriptors: Ethics, Teaching Methods, Journalism Education, Neoliberalism
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Friesem, Yonty – Journalism and Mass Communication Educator, 2019
The post-truth era has challenged traditional ways of teaching journalism and media literacy. Media literacy education can offer a useful lens for teaching students to be more critical. This pedagogy article describes a semester-long undergraduate course designed to deconstruct information disorder in the post-truth era by looking at economics,…
Descriptors: Ethics, Journalism Education, Media Literacy, Teaching Methods
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Meier, Klaus; Schützeneder, Jonas – Journalism and Mass Communication Educator, 2019
Two boundaries impede an evidence-based perspective of journalism students and graduates on change, innovation, and epistemological problems of media reality: The separation of practical journalism training from scientific journalism research and the lack of transfer between academic research and newsrooms. The approach of this article bridges…
Descriptors: Journalism Education, News Reporting, Epistemology, Scientific Research
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Bhaskaran, Harikrishnan; Mishra, Harsh; Nair, Pradeep – Journalism and Mass Communication Educator, 2019
The media ecosystem of the post-truth era is shaped by several unprecedented elements--the pitfalls of the personalized/networked media, the cherry picking tendencies of news producers in an attention economy, the propagandist power-elite, and the gullible support of the semi-literate media audience. These post-truth realities also call for new…
Descriptors: Journalism Education, Ethics, Social Media, Social Networks
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Walker, Amy Schoenfeld – Journalism and Mass Communication Educator, 2019
While some journalists analyze and verify "open source" materials such as social media, eyewitness video, and satellite imagery to hold leaders and institutions accountable, many journalists and students are not learning basic digital verification skills. Research shows that journalists find this work challenging and that newsrooms do…
Descriptors: Journalism, Journalism Education, Ethics, Deception
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Mutsvairo, Bruce; Bebawi, Saba – Journalism and Mass Communication Educator, 2019
From diplomatic spats between Qatar and Saudi Arabia to ubiquitous deceptive "news" updates purportedly sent by the Eritrean government urging all men to marry two wives or risk imprisonment, the future of fact-based reporting appears uncertain as mass media recipients world over become accustomed to consuming "fake news."…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Social Media, News Reporting, Deception
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Cokley, John; Jianlin, Wen; Yanling, Liu; Wenshuai, Xie – Journalism and Mass Communication Educator, 2019
Current curriculum trends in tertiary journalism and communication education in the People's Republic of China are investigated using information from the websites of the 2,198 Chinese universities that published course lists in December 2013. Of those, 439 offered journalism majors and this article samples 274 of those universities (12.5% of the…
Descriptors: Journalism Education, Graduates, Web Sites, Foreign Countries
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Wagler, Adam – Journalism and Mass Communication Educator, 2019
The ubiquitous nature of technology presents new paradigms for higher education as students are bombarded by information in a media-rich world. College students are taking multiple courses at a time, over many semesters, and using many different educational technologies. The purpose of this qualitative case study is to describe the experiences…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, College Students, Communications
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Domínguez-Delgado, Rubén; Hansen, Kathleen A.; Paul, Nora – Journalism and Mass Communication Educator, 2019
Journalists and news archivists are natural allies. Journalists require previously published reporting as context for their new stories. Archivists ensure that material is preserved for future retrieval. Local news archives serve as a cultural, legal, economic, and genealogical resource for their communities. Now, the archiving function in news…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Journalism Education, News Media, Archives
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Peterlin, Laveda J.; Peters, Jonathan – Journalism and Mass Communication Educator, 2019
As documented in multiple fields, students taking ethics courses can benefit from alternative pedagogical approaches using television shows for learning. This article explores the journalistic ethics conflicts depicted in the first season of the HBO show "The Newsroom." These conflicts, brought to life through vivid and realistic…
Descriptors: Journalism Education, Ethical Instruction, Ethics, Teaching Methods
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Ells, Kevin – Journalism and Mass Communication Educator, 2019
Current communication textbooks proffer conflicting, vague, or incomplete definitions of the core concepts of "mass communication" and "news," contributing to confusion among students, and subsequently in the public sphere, of what experts in the field mean when discussing news and mass media. The analysis in this article…
Descriptors: Mass Media, News Media, Definitions, Journalism Education
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Holt, Jessica – Journalism and Mass Communication Educator, 2019
Peer editing is a skill journalism students, and most college students, need to be effective and skillful writers. In today's fast-paced lifestyle, students do not spend enough time refining and reevaluating their writing. This research examined students' perceptions of grade-accountable assignments, focused on peer editing, and implemented into a…
Descriptors: College Students, Journalism, Writing Skills, Peer Evaluation
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