By Editor on March 4, 2008 9:40 pm
ALMOST A YEAR AGO, when we started discussing the academics of media across the Atlantic, what struck us most was the disconnect that existed between the two worlds.
We had both spent the initial part of our careers in the media industry, and as fresh recruits to academia, the divide was all the more glaring to us. Despite the many commonalities the two shared, neither media nor academia appeared keen to make any effort beyond the routine to interact with the other.
There was also an element of mutual suspicion: many mediapeople looked at academics as boring, tweed-jacketed armchair thinkers far removed from reality; and many academics thought of mediapeople as slick, hardnosed bulldogs too busy chasing ‘reality’ that they failed to think.
The gulf needed a bridge, we felt. The two worlds had a lot to offer each other.
Interjunction is an effort in that direction, a bridge across media and academia. A platform. At its simplest, it is a multi-blog. At its best, a full-fledged newszine on issues of interest to media professionals and academics.
We also see it as a networking tool, a forum that will put journalists and academicians from across the world in touch. Read more about our objectives here.
In the days to come, we hope to present a variety of posts. Essays, news, views, reviews, interviews… on a variety of media-related subjects: from ethics to effects to education.
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