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Teaching Journalism & Mass Communication


Journalism and Mass Communication


Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business


Many internet users often consult Wikipedia to read a quick reference on a subject, but the source tends to be viewed as unreliable by the academic community. Nevertheless, journalism and public relations courses can help improve Wikipedia. Four undergraduate courses — News Editing, In-depth Reporting, Sports Media, and Research Methods in Public Relations — in a journalism and mass communications department at a regional, four-year university in the southeast of the United States incorporated Wikipedia. This article discusses the benefits, considerations, and challenges that an instructor might experience when using Wikipedia.


This is a peer-reviewed article published by AEJMC Small Programs Interest Group in Teaching Journalism & Mass Communication, available at

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