A study of the state-of-the-art in journalism education in the Miami-Dade county public schools

Document Type



Master of Science (MS)


Mass Communication

First Advisor's Name

Lillian Lodge Kopenhaver

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

Louis K. Falk

Third Advisor's Name

Don Sneed

Date of Defense



The purpose of this study was to identify the characteristics of journalism teachers in the Miami-Dade County Public schools, determine the extent of the journalism curriculum, and ascertain their attitudes toward freedom of expression in the student press.

The 90 journalism teachers comprising the entire population were divided into a high school subset and a middle school subset, to allow for comparisons with national studies and for comparisons between both subsets. Identical self- administered questionnaires were mailed to the entire population.

The results for the high school subset compared favorably with national studies, where applicable. However, significant differences were found in the response patterns between the high school and middle school subsets. The findings demonstrate a need to evaluate the effectiveness of the journalism program at the middle school level.



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