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December 12, 2007

Media companies ‘failing over training’

Filed under: Uncategorized, Headlines — news_editor @ 12:19 am

Media institutions are criticized for failing to support adequately the training and education of journalists in a major new report by Professor Stephan Russ-Mohl, of the European Journalism Observatory.

He cites the decision to close down the Freedom Forum Media Studies Center in the United States. ‘Though it was probably the most successful think-tank, the board of the Freedom Forum, an offspring of America’s largest newspaper chain, Gannett, simply decided to concentrate all its funds on another, perhaps more visible and prestigious project, a huge interactive newspaper museum, the Newseum in Arlington Va.’

In Germany, after a few successful years of funding journalism training, the Bertelsmann Foundation decided to cut resources from the media sector and invest them elsewhere. Elsewhere, Russ-Mohl reports, the Ringier School in Zurich was closed. Similarly, in Berlin, the only mid-career training programme for journalists in the German-speaking world, Journalisten-Weiterbildung, was shut down.

  • See: The economics of journalism and the challenge to improve journalism quality: A research manifesto, by Stephan Russ-Mohl, Studies in Communication Sciences, Vol. 6, No. 2 (2006) pp 189-208. It is published in pamphlet form by the European Journalism Observatory.

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