…argues Jan Servaes in a recently published short essay on the changing role and tasks of journalism education (in the US and in Europe). We’re all journalists insofar as, once the lack of information no longer poses a problem, the emphasis is on making knowledge out of it – that is, to interpret the information with reference to one’s personal needs and circumstances -, and this “knowledge-making” process is as much the task of the journalist as it is that of the ordinary citizen.
For both journalists and citizens the capacity and speed to access, retrieve, select and reproduce information and turn it into knowledge will determine power and facilitate change in the 21st century.
Servaes, Jan (2009). We are all journalists now! Journalism 10(3), 371-374.