One journalism educator is rewriting her lessons for the fall semester to include more straight talk for j-students and less emphasis on old arguments about the role of journalists in a democracy. Danna Walker, a j-prof at American University in Washington, has come up with what she calls the Seven Laws of Journalism. Among them:

  • Money counts
  • Grow a pair
  • Life is hard (so deal with it).

The change is needed, she says, because too many j-students think of journalism in “old-school” ways. Her full list of the laws of journalism, along with her explanations for each of them, are available on her blog post.


One journalism educator is rewriting her lessons for the fall semester to include more straight talk for j-students and less emphasis on old arguments about the role of journalists in a democracy. Danna Walker, a j-prof at American University in Washington, has come up with what she calls the Seven Laws of Journalism. Among them:

  • Money counts
  • Grow a pair
  • Life is hard (so deal with it).

The change is needed, she says, because too many j-students think of journalism in “old-school” ways. Her full list of the laws of journalism, along with her explanations for each of them, are available on her blog post.

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