Where journalism textbooks fail

I found this article to be interesting.

By the sounds of it, a 60 Minutes book as a text for j-schools would not be a good idea.

When we whitewash the latent misogyny of the profession, we are giving students a very wrong idea of what they can expect.

But it goes further than that.

This is a book that is supposed to extol all of the virtues, and none of the sins, which is a text with a built-in confirmation bias.

That is not information, but propaganda.

When I set out to write Don’t Believe It!, I originally wanted it as a textbook for j-school students so they would not fall for rumours, hoaxes, and propaganda.

J-schools talk about glory. They don’t talk about the grifters in Armani suits who will know how to play you.

60 Minutes has been played numerous times over the years, and I discuss some of it in When Journalism was a Thing. 

But as so much of 60 Minutes, is, in fact soft news and celebrity profiles, they are not exactly as hard-hitting as their image suggests.

J-schools do not have their war manuals. They do not teach students how to separate truth from lies or fantasy from reality. Perceptions are never even discussed.

This is not what the profession needs: a platform to brag to the impressionable children about their glory days.

It needs a book outlining every failure and breakdown the profession has ever had so that those mistakes are never made again.

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