Why Teaching Journalism to Non-Journalists is a Noble Cause

This story originally appeared in the Society of Environmental Journalists SE Journal Online. Follow SEJ on Twitter @sejorg. Those of us who teach often tell students that learning journalism is useful for many professions. The same might be said of teaching journalism. Like other journalism instructors, I increasingly teach the skills and values of our profession to non-journalists. Much of that demand comes from scientists and researchers under the gun to more directly communicate the knowledge they create. New doctoral students acknowledge the need to publish in academic journals. But they also want to reach more than just journal readers. They want their science to inform the public and policymakers. The motive can simply be to bolster their shot at getting grants. Funders want research with impact. Communicating it is one way of making sure that it does. The lesson here: Teaching journalism is as useful of a skill as
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