What relevance has journalism to today's graduate student? What will they do with their Master in journalism? Having never met my class and having only a vague idea of their aspirations and origins, I wanted to make my opening address something that would show them the practical work we would need to get through, yet make it inspiring enough for them actually to want to get out there and cross swords with injustice and stand. "Greetings students. My name is Mark Thornton and I'm to be your lecturer in Advanced Print for this semester. This is my first attempt at a serious academic lecture though I have given between 15 and 20 lectures or talks to public and private groups, often much bigger than this, about specific aspects of journalism and personal recollections of it. I hope you're going to like the way I teach, if not, we can talk about it."
Recommended CitationThornton, M., Passing reflections of a casual journalism lecturer, Asia Pacific Media Educator, 3, 1997, 152-157.