Student publications’ place in agricultural communication curriculum
Journal of Applied Communications
Association for Communication Excellence in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Life and Human Sciences
Many agricultural communication of journalism programs offer publication production opportunities as a way for students to use their writing, editing, design, and photography skills. This study evaluated the curriculum and make-up of student publications produced through these agricultural communication or journalism programs. They study also described the role advisers have in handling editorial, ethical, and legal issues. Data were collected through a questionnaire sent to members of the Academic Programs Speical Interest Group in the Association for Communication Excellence. Fifteen programs identified offering a student-produced publication. The majority of these publications (n=8) were offered as a course in an agricultural communication or journalism program, while five programs developed their publications as an extracurricular activity. Once the publication was produced, only three of the publications were reviewed and critiqued by industry professionals. While no advisers were concerned with obscenity issues, eight were concerned with a code of ethics, five were concerned with censorship, and four were concerned with libel issues. Recommendations are made for agricultural communication of journalism faculty.
Hall, K., & Rhoades, E., & Agunga, R. (2009). Student publications’ place in agricultural communication curriculum. Journal of Applied Communications, 93(1-2), 35-44.