Using the tools of discourse analysis, this research identifies the competing and sometimes contradictory
public discourses around the requirements for the next generation of journalists—those of
journalism educators, industry accreditation bodies, and of employers and journalists in the wider
media landscape. Investigating and identifying the tensions in this debate may help all the parties
to reflect on how the values and aims of the professional journalist are constructed and how this
may impact on potential journalists entering education and the industry.
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