Academic Journalism: A Modest Proposal

Remler, Dahlia, Waisanen, Don J., and Gabor, Andrea (2013). Academic Journalism: A Modest Proposal. Journalism Studies, 15(4), 357-373.

Posted: 11 Dec 2014

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Dahlia Remler

City University of New York - Baruch College - Marxe School of Public and International Affairs; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); CUNY The Graduate Center - Department of Economics

Don Waisanen

City University of New York (CUNY) - School of Public Affairs

Andrea Gabor

CUNY Baruch College

Date Written: August 07, 2013

Abstract

The traditional business model of journalism is disintegrating. Meanwhile, the academy faces criticism over teaching quality and research relevance. Drawing on economics, communication, and journalism, we construct a modest proposal: that academia produce some forms of at-risk public-interest journalism, bolstering the civic mission of universities. To better understand current, realistic possibilities, our analysis also compares and contrasts academia and journalism*their economics, methods, cultures, and norms*and their respective weaknesses, accessibility, and complexity, to determine which journalistic public goods could conceivably be created in academia. We suggest criteria and examples for how academic journalism could address institutional weaknesses by producing investigations and analyses of complex problems, accessibly communicated. Precedents, barriers, and further implications are charted.

Keywords: higher education, interdisciplinary inquiry, journalism, public good, public scholarship

Suggested Citation

Remler, Dahlia and Waisanen, Don and Gabor, Andrea, Academic Journalism: A Modest Proposal (August 07, 2013). Remler, Dahlia, Waisanen, Don J., and Gabor, Andrea (2013). Academic Journalism: A Modest Proposal. Journalism Studies, 15(4), 357-373. , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2536537

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