The slow-release fertiliser theory of journalism education

Matthew Ricketson

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Much of the debate about educating young journalists in Australia lurches between impassioned advocacy for practical experience over theory or vice versa. Both groups of advocates are worshipping the false god of dichotomy. It is more fruitful for the news media industry and the academy to acknowledge their respective strengths and limitations and to work accordingly. Journalism schools cannot replicate a newsroom and newsrooms provide precious little time for the kind of reading, thinking and debating that is essential for the development of reflective practitioners. The benefits of reading, thinking and debating are not as immediately apparent as mastering the inverted pyramid but, like slow-release fertiliser, their value is appreciated over time
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRefereed paper presented to the Journalism Education Conference, Griffith University, 29 November ¿ 2 December 2005
Place of PublicationAustralia
PublisherSchool of Arts, Griffith University
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)1920952551
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes
EventJournalism Education Association Conference - Surfers Paradise, Australia
Duration: 29 Nov 20052 Dec 2005


ConferenceJournalism Education Association Conference
CitySurfers Paradise


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