Teaching press freedom and open justice: A model for debate

Date of this Version

January 2004

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Details

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Pearson, Mark (2003)Teaching press freedom and open justice: A model for debate, Pacific Journalism Review, Vol. 9, pp. 124-137.

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This article explores ways of building the topics of press freedom and open justice into the tertiary journalism curriculum. It uses reflective practice techniques in developing a series of two by three hour workshop modules centred around introducing students to the principles of press freedom and open justice, exploring cases where these issues have been tested in the courts, and building students’ skills in defending press freedom and open justice in the newsroom and the courtroom. It uses problem-based and experiential pedagogies to bring historical and philosophical principles to life and make them relevant to students’ experiences and current newsroom practices. Finally, it invites comments and discussions on other curricular and pedagogical approaches to teaching these topics.

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