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Becoming a journalist

Journalism Education in the Nordic Countries

Becoming A Journalist
Becoming A Journalist
Montasje: Rune Arntsen

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“This edited volume addresses journalism education as a central component of journalistic professionalization, making it necessary to understand what is a crucial period in most future journalists’ lives. Nowadays, journalism scholars are realizing the need for more sustained, in-depth and critical studies of why students embark on such degrees, how they develop their professional views and practices at universities, how the educational curricula of journalism programs match the needs of the labor market, and also, what the news industry thinks about journalism courses and their graduates. This volume addresses all of these important questions in-depth, with admirable attention to different elements that may explain all these issues.

The comparative perspective of looking at the Nordic countries breaks new ground considering the paucity of comparative studies on journalism education in specific media systems. The authors that take part of this book employ an array of quantitative and qualitative approaches to study the field of journalism education, providing a rich account that, no doubt, will be essential reading for students, researchers, the media industry, policy-makers and all people interested in journalism education and professionalization.”

Folker Hanusch, University of Vienna, Austria
Claudia Mellado, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaiso, Chile
Principal investigators, Journalism students across the globe



Jan Fredrik Hovden, Gunnar Nygren, Henrika Zilliacus-Tikkanen
1. Introduction. The Nordic Model of Journalism Education

Elin Gardeström
2. Educating Journalists. The Who, When, How, and Why of Early Journalism Programmes in the Nordic Countries

Ida Willig
3. “We All Think the Same”. Internships, Craft and Conservation

Jan Fredrik Hovden, Rune Ottosen
4. New Times, New Journalists? Nordic Journalism Students Entering an Age of Uncertainity


Gunnar Nygren
5. Journalism Education and the Profession. Socialisation, Traditions and Change  

Gunilla Hultén, Antonia Wiklund
6. Perfect Profession. Swedish Journalism Students, Their Teachers, and Educational Goals

Jannie Møller Hartley, Maria Bendix Olsen
7. From Politics on Print to Online Entertainment? Ideals and Aspirations of Danish Journalism Students 2005–2012

Henrika Zilliacus-Tikkanen, Jaana Hujanen, Maarit Jaakkola
8. Finnish Journalism Students. Stable Professional Ideals and Growing Critique of Practice  

Ulrika Andersson
9. The Media Use of Future Journalists and How it Changes During Journalism Education

Erik Eliasson, Maarit Jaakkola
10. More Mobile, More Flexible. Students’ Device Ownership and Cross-Media News Consumption, and Their Pedagogical Implications


Arne H. Krumsvik
11. The Gap. J-School Syllabus Meets the Market

Hege Lamark
12. Women Train In – and Out of – Journalism

Gunn Bjørnsen, Anders Graver Knudsen
13. Burdens of Representation. Recruitment and Attitudes towards Journalism among Journalism Students with Ethnic Minority Backgrounds

Terje Skjerdal, Hans-Olav Hodøl
14. Tackling Global Learning in Nordic Journalism Education. The Lasting Impact of a Field Trip

Kristin Skare Orgeret
15. Dialogues and Difficulties. Transnational Cooperation in Journalism Education

Roy KrøvelBe
16. Becoming Journalists. From Engaged to Balanced or from Balanced to Engaged?


Jenny Wiik
17. Standardised News Providers or Creative Innovators? A New Generation of Journalists Entering the Business

Gitte Gravengaard, Lene Rimestad
18. “Is This a Good News Story?” Developing Professional Competence in the Newsroom

Hilde Kristin Dahlstrøm
19. Internal Practical Training as Teaching Method for Journalist Students  

Astrid Gynnild
20. Developing Journalism Skills through Informal Feedback Training

Jan Fredrik Hovden og Astrid Gynnild er professorer ved Institutt for informasjons- og medievitenskap, UIB

Becoming A Journalist - Editors: Jan Fredrik Hovden, Gunnar Nygren, Henrika Zilliacus-Tikkanen - Nordicom - 2016 - ISBN: 978-91-87957-34-5