Journalism degrees have been slammed by the outgoing Press and Journal editor, who branded graduates as “not suited for coming into newspapers”.
Derek Tucker, who will retire after 18 years as editor of the Press and Journal, warned that newspapers need to take back responsibility for training young journalists.
He claimed that “very few [graduates] possess the street cunning and inquisitiveness that is the hallmark of good journalists,” before adding: “It often appears that English is a second language.”
The industry’s decision to place the responsibility of journalist training on universities, seen as a cheaper and more convenient alternative, means that the industry has “washed [its] hands of the careful selection process which places the attributes of a good journalist above or at least equal to educational qualifications”.
Newspapers will only become a trusted source of news again if “tomorrow’s journalists are identified and trained by today’s journalists, not yesterday’s enthusiastic amateurs”.
(Source: Press Gazette)
This article appears in issue 261 of Media Digest.