Midcareer Training of Journalists: Evaluating Its Impact on Journalistic Work


Lee B. Becker, Tudor Vlad, Nancy R. Mace and Marcia Apperson


Journalists around the world, and particularly in Western countries, participate in a variety of training programs once they begin employment. These programs–often referred to as midcareer training–can be offered by the employer, by formal educational institutions, or by independent training organizations. In some countries, journalists enjoy the right to training as a result of contracts and labor legislation. The training can be for a variety of skills related to journalistic performance.

Despite the prominence of these training programs for working journalists, they have received little attention in the literature on journalism education and journalistic work. As a consequence, little is known about their effectiveness. Yet there is much speculation, particularly among those who offer these programs, that they do, in fact, have impact.

Full copyrighted text available here.