When someone declares how impartial they are, I am immediately suspicious. It often means they report what I would call the authorised received wisdom. For example, when Tony Blair invaded Iraq, BBC reporters lined up to declare his actions “vindicated”. They called that “impartial”. To point out that Blair was a liar was committed journalism. It’s actually Orwellian, as in “war is peace”.
Of course, there are some first rate journalism colleges - or rather first-rate teachers within the system - but generally academic journalism has achieved obedience to a set of assumptions that young journalists ought to be challenging. Too often the media courses are factories, supplying corporate fodder. Young journalists ought to be taught they are agents of people, not power. Too many graduate believing a cynicism about their readers and viewers ordains them as journalists: the Murdoch view.