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Title:Capital or critique? When journalism education seeks to influence the field
Authors:Boshoff, Priscilla A.
Garman, AntheaISNI
Periodical:Critical Arts: A Journal of Media Studies (ISSN 1992-6049)
Geographic term:South Africa
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/02560046.2016.1262437
Abstract:Drawing on Bourdieu's theories of field and capital, we examine the limitations that a journalism school at a prestigious university faces in making a meaningful contribution to the field within a developing country. In the postapartheid South African media landscape, journalism is under pressure both from global forces and a political imperative to address social justice. Given the heterogeneity of the journalistic field and the fact that what counts as capital in it is contested, the School of Journalism and Media Studies at Rhodes University attempts to redefine the parameters by inculcating a particular approach to and philosophy of journalism practice. While Rhodes wants to educate excellent (professional) journalists, it is guided by an overt political mission to cultivate a journalism that is not necessarily 'in sync' with the wider field. Ironically, most undergraduates come from the economic and cultural elite, with specific intentions to accumulate the capital which Rhodes bestows. Students are confronted with their privilege and with alternative ideas about the purpose of journalism, and are asked to make choices and take up positions. We consider whether this critical praxis approach is able to influence the 'state of play' - or the distribution of power - within the field. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]