Global Voices in Journalism Education
Authors: Fowler-Watt, K.
Start date: 20 January 2017
Journalists decide whose voice is heard – decisions often determined by the limits of time, social milieu and newsroom environments: This paper shares the initial findings of a pedagogic project, working with Global Voices, to embrace the blogosphere, citizen – witnessing (Allan, 2013) and interrogate mainstream media. through curriculum design. Students engage critically with issues such as representing Islam, working in divided communities and covering stories that are often poorly-reported. Ethics, objectivity and verification are scrutinised through the lens of critical self- reflection. In individual presentations, the students displayed raised awareness of how they, in future, as journalists, would strive to ‘give voice to the voiceless’.
KEYWORDS voice; self-reflection; critical thinking; journalism education