Press freedom and open justice in the curriculum: A reflective practice approach
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Whether or not the Americans match their rhetoric on First Amendment rights with ongoing policy and legal commitment to press freedom is a moot point, but there is no doubt that for historical and cultural reasons the United States has fought the good fight in this regard. When we realize that press freedom forms a significant part of the school curriculum in that country, it underscores the challenge we face in introducing it to tertiary journalism students. The reality is that most Australians could honestly say: “I must have been away from school the day we did press freedom.” The greater shame is that many journalism graduates can probably offer the same excuse.