Document Type

Book Chapter


Peter Lang Publishing Inc.


Faculty of Education and Arts


School of Communication and Arts / Centre for Research in Entertainment, Arts,Technology, Education and Communications




Josephi, B. U. (2010). Introduction. In Beate Josephi (Eds.). Journalism Education in Countries with Limited Media Freedom (pp. 1-11). New York: Peter Lang Publishing Inc. Available here.


These individual chapters not only discuss journalism education in their country but also the challenging environment in which it is delivered. In several countries, these challenges come in the form of media laws, in others in the absence of laws, or they can be media ownership structures or the closeness of media and government. What is more, most of these chapters also look at the newsrooms into which the young journalists are socialized. This book deliberately goes beyond the classroom to assess journalism education’s impact. Some of the results are what journalism educators might want to ignore. But only by being aware of how much a non- or semidemocratic government sees media credibility as an asset, or prefers journalistic skills turned into a propaganda tool, can we understand the role journalism education is assigned in countries with partly free or not free status. This approach, as Guo reminds us in his last sentence, means that all chapters are looking for what democratic nations would call “reform-minded” initiatives in journalism education that would bring journalism in those countries closer to the ideal of serving a deliberative society.