Service Learning Plus Social Learning: Preparing Future Journalists Through a Collaborative Project


  • Mohammad Yousuf The University of Oklahoma
  • David Craig The University of Oklahoma



This study examined how a collaborative project involving students, faculty and a nonprofit news organization in Oklahoma on coverage of community problems enhanced students' understanding of communities and professional practices. It applied a theoretical framework that combines two pedagogical approaches—service learning and social learning—to analyze the case. In-depth interviews were conducted with 11 project participants including students, professors and journalists. The findings suggest that service learning in journalism succeeds when students get the opportunity of social learning and work with professional journalists.


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