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The Literary Construction of Journalism Education : A Review of the Course Literature in the Nordic Academic Journalism Programmes (2020)

Jaakkola, M., & Uotila, P. (2020). The Literary Construction of Journalism Education : A Review of the Course Literature in the Nordic Academic Journalism Programmes. Journalism Practice, 14(1), 84-103. https://doi.org/10.1080/17512786.2019.1596037

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Publication details

All authors or editors: Jaakkola, Maarit; Uotila, Panu

Journal or series: Journalism Practice

ISSN: 1751-2786

eISSN: 1751-2794

Publication year: 2020

Volume: 14

Issue number: 1

Pages range: 84-103

Publisher: Routledge

Publication country: United Kingdom

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/17512786.2019.1596037

Publication open access: Openly available

Publication channel open access: Partially open access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/67738

Additional information: Published online: 22 Mar 2019


This article investigates the course literature in the curricula of 12 major journalism schools at Northern European universities. This analysis of the course literature listed in documentation of bachelor programmes traces how journalism education institutions constitute their knowledge base on journalism. It is found that Nordic journalism students are required to read almost four books per study credit on average. Undergraduate academic journalism programmes are professionally oriented, and professional literature by non-scientific publishers occupies a major place in the course literature. A strong emphasis is placed on professional books written in the domestic language, with an average age of seven years. Though the Scandinavian languages show high degrees of similarities with each other, there is very little circulation of literature across the countries within the Nordic area. This analysis of the literature points to a relatively homogeneous educational culture with small differences and raises questions about the qualitative dimensions of instructional design.

Keywords: tertiary education; journalism studies; curricula; syllabi (curricula); study material; professional literature

Free keywords: journalism education; bachelor’s degree; curriculum; course syllabus; course literature; Nordic countries

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Reporting Year: 2020

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