Ernst Gombrich famously began The Story of Art: “There really is no such thing as art. There are only artists.” Similarly, we could write that there really is no such thing as journalism, only journalists. Journalism is a human endeavour in the face of limited knowledge, unreasonable demands and legal constraints. At every point in the creation of journalism, there are philosophical issues to be resolved. This paper explores existentialist responses to some of the challenges facing journalist. It argues that an appreciation of philosophy in general – and existentialism in particular – is necessary for the understanding and practice of journalism.
|Title of host publication||Journalism Education|
|Subtitle of host publication||The Journal of the Association for Journalism Education|
|Editors||Mick Temple, Chris Frost, Deirdre O'Neill, Stuart Allan, Tor Clark|
|Publisher||Association for Journalism Education|
|Number of pages||12|
|Publication status||Published - 29 Jan 2018|