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Journalism education after Leveson: Ethics start where regulation ends
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Dr David Baines
Dr Darren Kelsey
Baines D, Kelsey D
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Theory and practice in journalism education are not separate, binary entities; they are interlinked, interrelated and interdependent. This paper argues that a crisis of trust in British journalism, which led to the 2012 Leveson Report, highlights the need for an ethical and practical turning point in British journalism education. By considering more nuanced, active, informed notions and understandings of ideology and political economy we argue that incorporating critical frameworks into journalistic education provides the reflexive, philosophical and theoretical tools necessary for developing future journalism education, post-Leveson. In conclusion, we propose that attention to Aristotle’s concept of phronesis – usually translated as ‘practical wisdom’ – has much to offer journalism educators, encouraging a ‘culture of informed dialogic engagement’, which offers the promise of eroding the often prevailing ‘cult of the leader’.
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