University of Hertfordshire

The existentialist Journalist

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationJournalism Education
Subtitle of host publicationThe Journal of the Association for Journalism Education
EditorsMick Temple, Chris Frost, Deirdre O'Neill, Stuart Allan, Tor Clark
PublisherAssociation for Journalism Education
Number of pages22
Publication statusPublished - 29 Jan 2018


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.

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