Mindy McAdams

Thanks for posting this in a readable format, Rebecca! It's also easy to link to. And it already Googles. Well done!

Rebecca MacKinnon

Hi Mindy, thanks. Ideally the WJEC should have posted it themselves as a linkable HTML page rather than just a PDF. Then they could have benefitted from the links and the Google juice themselves. But oh well.

Martin Hirst

It's interesting that this declaration is now going up on blogsites. I put it on mine a few days ago. I was in Singapore for the conference and I must say I'm a little disappointed with this statement of principles. In my mind it does not inspire or reflect the passion that drives most journalists and journalism educators.
To be honest I think it's fairly wimpish and bland. Nothing to really complain about, but also nothing to get fired up for either.
I get out of bed each day thinking about how I can best inspire and teach the next generation of news hounds. I'm afraid if my work was to live or die by these principles, I'd probably rather be driving a cab in New York. At least that would be exciting and get the blood pumping.
Cheers from Aotearoa

Lim Wing Hooi

Hi Rebecca! I am a final year journalism student in a private university here in Malaysia.

I stubled upon your blog when I keyed in journalism education in Malaysia my the search engine. So when I read the first thing on your blog was this declaration, what can I say? I thoroughly agree with your opinion that there is nothing to get fired up with this declaration. To me, it translate to as good as not having one at all.

I am currently doing a qualitaitve study on journalism education in Malaysia from the perspectives of practitioners. It is more of a sociological approach where I try to understand the practitioners- what made them fires up, what made them soldiered on despite the odds, etc but above all, what made them stay in the field. I guess journalism schools, then should enculcate this 'secrets' that seems to be common sense to the practitioners and are now becoming almost unheard of?

Who would want to enter journalism today, with its irregular hours, low pay and the danger of challenging authorities or the powerful? Who would still believe in giving voice to the voiceless, to champion the welfare of the weak, etc?

Does journalism schools even care about firing up all these ideals in the classroom, hoping they the students will battle it out in the newsroom when their time comes?

Another glaring problem is that education is becoming more expensive these days, and students who pay a bomb to attend a j-school might just find a higher paying job in another field, say corporate communications, or even hired by spin agencies. Of course they can pay more. So where do we go? Are students trained to be good workers or are they trained to nurture their ideals?

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