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The Literary Construction of Journalism Education: A review of the course literature in the Nordic academic journalism programmes

Journal article
Authors Maarit Jaakkola
Panu Uotila
Published in Journalism Practice
ISSN 1751-2786
Publication year 2019
Published at Department of Journalism, Media and Communication (JMG)
Nordicom (2013-)
Language en
Links https://doi.org/10.1080/17512786.20...
Keywords Journalism education, bachelor’s degree, curriculum, course syllabus, course literature, Nordic countries
Subject categories Educational Sciences, Media and Communications

Abstract

This article investigates the course literature in the curricula of 12 major journalism schools at Northern European universities. This analysis of the course literature listed in documentation of bachelor programmes traces how journalism education institutions constitute their knowledge base on journalism. It is found that Nordic journalism students are required to read almost four books per study credit on average. Undergraduate academic journalism programmes are professionally oriented, and professional literature by non-scientific publishers occupies a major place in the course literature. A strong emphasis is placed on professional books written in the domestic language, with an average age of seven years. Though the Scandinavian languages show high degrees of similarities with each other, there is very little circulation of literature across the countries within the Nordic area. This analysis of the literature points to a relatively homogeneous educational culture with small differences and raises questions about the qualitative dimensions of instructional design.

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