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Fantasy, pragmatism and journalistic socialisation: UK journalism students’ aspirations and motivations.

Jackson, D., Thorsen, E. and Reardon, S., 2020. Fantasy, pragmatism and journalistic socialisation: UK journalism students’ aspirations and motivations. Journalism Practice, 14 (1), 104-124.

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DOI: 10.1080/17512786.2019.1591929

Abstract

Despite the sustained growth in journalism as a choice of degree path for young people, our understanding of students’ aspirations and motivations remains relatively underdeveloped. At the same time, journalism careers appear increasingly uncertain, as the industry responds to digitalization and convergence. In this mixed-methods study - employing 35 interviews and a survey of 837 UK journalism students - we ask what areas of journalism do students aspire towards, how do they feel about their future career prospects, and what is motivating them to study journalism in the first place? We find that intrinsic motivations (calling and talent, dynamic job) prevail over public service ones, with students drawn to soft news beats over hard news. Aspirations are also strikingly gendered, opening up questions of journalism education in this process. We also find that while students articulate an aspirational career in respected media outlets, they are pragmatic about their immediate career prospects. Here, journalism education appears to play a significant role in socialising students towards careers beyond journalism. Findings are discussed in the light of ongoing debates around journalistic socialisation and the future of journalism.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:1751-2786
Uncontrolled Keywords:journalism education; journalistic socialisation; motivations; aspirations; gender roles; journalism careers
Group:Faculty of Media & Communication
ID Code:31919
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:28 Feb 2019 10:01
Last Modified:18 Mar 2020 11:00

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