A Society Gets the Journalism it Deserves

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What makes a good journalist and what training is required, if any?

  • Title
    Training for Journalism
  • 1st Broadcast
    02/07/1975
  • Contributor
    John Bowman (Reporter)
  • Clip Duration
    00:05:40
  • Material Type
    Video
  • Series title
    Learning For Life
  • Clip title
    A Society Gets the Journalism it Deserves
  • Extended description

    John Bowman reports on the different routes to journalism from learning on the job to getting a formal training.

    He talks to journalist Michael Heney, who feels that 80% of journalism is bad communication and not objective enough.

    Donal Foley, news editor of 'The Irish Times', says that the demands on journalists are increasing and that they need to be experts on a particular subject. While radio and television provide instant news, newspapers must provide more in-depth coverage.

    So what is the appropriate training required of a journalist? Liam Bergin, 'Carlow Nationalist' editor for 30 years, talks about the traditional way of becoming a journalist as opposed to the modern.

    The College of Commerce in Rathmines offers a two-year course in journalism. This is the only one recognised by the National Union of Journalists (NUJ). The curriculum includes sociology, psychology, economics, politics and literature. Journalism lecturer Tom Savage is pictured talking to students about the place of sociology in the training for journalism.

    Course director Sean Egan discusses the industry's prejudice about training. He argues that the 'sitting by Nelly' approach, where journalists learn on the job, is not always the best as 'Nelly' may not be very clever. Egan believes that it would be better if journalists had a basic level of training before entering the industry.

  • Information

    John Bowman reports on journalism for 'Learning for Life'. This episode of 'Learning for Life' was broadcast on 2 July 1975.

  • Local keywords
    Communications, Journalism, Michael Heney, Donal Foley, The Irish Times, Liam Bergin, Carlow Nationalist, College of Commerce, National Union of Journalists, N.U.J., Curriculum, Sean Egan, Media, Training, Students, Tom Savage
  • Geographical coverage
    Ireland
  • Topic
    The Media
  • Publisher Broadcaster
    RTÉ
  • First broadcast channel
    RTÉ One
  • Production year
    1975
  • Country of production
    IRELAND
  • Original identifier
    P221/00075
  • IPR restrictions
    Rights Reserved - Free Access
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  • Item type
    part/extract
  • Item colour
    Colour
  • Item sound
    Mono
  • Aspect ratio
    4:3
  • Language used
    English (eng)
  • Original language
    English (eng)
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