Leaving the office rather late the other night I noticed four young men returning up the hill to residence. They were walking at an awkward angle with necks craned and eyes fixed on a spot slightly to the right of my head. I swivelled around to see what had caught their eyes. But of course, the flashing, danger-red ticker tape that wraps around the Africa Media Matrix.
Given the subject matter of journalistic television social documentary I teach, and the pedagogic interventions I make, I would prefer to present this more as a story, which includes analysis in its storyline, than to attempt some kind of meta- pedagogic reflection on an experiment, born frankly, more out of desperation than any other factor.
Imagine you’re teaching Term 1 of Journalism and Media Studies 1, the Introduction to News course. There are over 280 students – and you, and seventeen mostly inexperienced tutors. You have seven weeks within which to lay the foundations for their journalism education. Where would you start? With Galtung and Ruge’s news values, upside down pyramids, the 5Ws and the H, the Rhodes-Reuters Style Book or the Poynter Institute’s Process Approach to News Writing?