Asia Pacific Media Educator


The first discussions about a university course in journalism were held in 1908, the year that journalism education started in the United States. It took until 1919 for a course to start in London. 20 years later it stopped and there was nothing until 1970. British journalism might have been at the root of the western and colonial tradition of newspapers and broadcasting, but its imperialism didn’t extend to journalism education. Now Britain is fast rediscovering the importance of university journalism education as opposed simply to on-the-job training, and the whole of journalism is as a consequence being put under the journalistic research microscope. This essay examines the way journalism education is progressing in Britain and argues for a new approach to curriculum that would strengthen the professional education of media and communication practitioners by taking due account of what is to be learned, who is to learn it and the context in which they have to do so.