Journal Article

Publishing Voice: Training Social Workers in Policy Practice

Idit Weiss-Gal and Einat Peled

in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 39, issue 2, pages 368-382
Published in print March 2009 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online September 2007 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcm114
Publishing Voice: Training Social Workers in Policy Practice

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To promote social justice, social workers are required, among other things, to engage in policy practice. The project at the center of this article aimed to improve the ability of social workers to use the mass media as an accessible method of policy practice. The project was conducted as part of an MSW course in Tel Aviv University. During the course, most of its participants succeeded in publishing op-ed articles on a variety of social topics, in the national or local press, in professional periodicals, and on radio and television. A retrospective evaluation of the project indicated an increase in participant’s feeling of personal and professional empowerment, as well in their sense of being capable of promoting social issues through the media following the project. Participants also reported that the project facilitated the identification, appreciation and expression of their unique professional voice. Drawing on this experience, a number of general principles are put forward for implementation in similar projects.

Keywords: social justice; policy-practice; mass media; op-eds

Journal Article.  6552 words. 

Subjects: Social Work

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