David Baines, Darren Kelsey

Journalism education after Leveson: Ethics start where regulation ends

Theory and practice in journalism education are not separate, binary entities; they are interlinked, interrelated and interdependent. This paper argues that a crisis of trust in British journalism, which led to the 2012 Leveson Report, highlights the need for an ethical and practical turning point in British journalism education. By considering more nuanced, active, informed notions and understandings of ideology and political economy we argue that incorporating critical frameworks into journalistic education provides the reflexive, philosophical and theoretical tools necessary for developing future journalism education, post-Leveson. In conclusion, we propose that attention to Aristotle's concept of phronesis - usually translated as 'practical wisdom' - has much to inspire journalism educators, encouraging a 'culture of informed dialogic engagement', which offers the promise of eroding the often prevailing 'cult of the leader'.



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Note on the contributor

David Baines is a lecturer in journalism at Newcastle University. His research focuses on the changing nature of journalism and journalism work; hyper-local journalism and community sustainability and widening diversity in the news industry. He has published in Journalism Practice; Local Economy; The International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy and most recently jointly guest edited a special double edition of Ethical Space on widening diversity: Race Matters. He spent 28 years in daily newspaper journalism before joining the academy in 2007. Email: David.Baines@newcastle.ac.uk.

Darren Kelsey is a lecturer in journalism at Newcastle University and has a PhD from the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies at Cardiff University. His research interests are in the fields of journalism studies and critical discourse studies. He is interested in the relationship between media and politics and particularly the role of journalism and language in society. His research and teaching combines theoretical approaches from media and cultural studies with those of journalism and critical discourse analysis. He has taught on the following areas: Journalism; Public Affairs; Political Communication; Media Theory; History of Mass Communication; Research Methods; Popular Culture; and War, Politics and Propaganda. Email: Darren.kelsey@newcastle.ac.uk.