Volume 6 · Number 2 · Pages 275–277
How Constructivist Philosophy Enriches Journalism Research. Review of “The Creation of Reality: A Constructivist Epistemology of Journalism and Journalism Education” by Bernhard Poerksen

Armin Scholl

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Upshot: Poerksen’s discursive constructivism reconstructs radical constructivist foundations and applies them to several subjects of research in the field of journalism and media studies. The author combines epistemological arguments with practical advice for journalists, which makes the book not only valuable for interested followers of RC in general but also for communication scientists and media practitioners.


Scholl A. (2011) How constructivist philosophy enriches journalism research. Review of “the creation of reality: A constructivist epistemology of journalism and journalism education” by bernhard poerksen. Constructivist Foundations 6(2): 275–277. http://constructivist.info/6/2/275

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Bergmann J. & Pörksen B. (eds.) (2009 Skandal! Die Macht öffentlicher Empörung. [Scandal! The power of public outrage]. Halem, Köln. ▸︎ Google︎ Scholar
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