J-School: Educating Independent Journalists

“If tools could make anyone who picked them up an expert, they’d be valuable indeed.” Plato, The Republic

Journalism as a Knowledge Claim

Posted by chanders on February 13, 2006

Modern journalism is, at its root, a knowledge claim:  an assertion of authoritative knowledge with regard to the occurrence and meaning of public events. Journalists claim to know “all the news that’s fit to print”– both what constitutes “the news” and why “it fits.” This authoritiative claim-making is not the only social role of journalism, nor is journalism the only social organization to boldly affirm its own epistemological authority. Nevertheless, journalism is one of those unique institutions and social practices which avows that it possesses a special insight into the shape of and
meaning of the endless torrent of events that constitute our lived


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