Funders to journalism schools: Join us in the digital age
- Journalism programs were criticized for not changing quickly enough with the times in an open letter issued Friday by senior officials of six journalism education foundations.
- The letter said there was enormous potential in programs like Arizona State University's News 21 that not only teach journalism students, but serve their local communities by producing news, though programs with such initiatives may be the exception.
- Eric Newton, senior adviser at the Knight Foundation, said schools that don't make the transition to an updated curriculum where students learn by "doing" will find that their graduates are unemployable in the mass communications industry.
From the article:
A group of foundations that support journalism education issued a letter Friday saying that top professionals in the field, not career academics, need to be doing much more of the teaching of journalism students.
As digital media have evolved, so have journalism programs. But the open letter criticized them for not changing quickly enough.
"We believe journalism and communications schools must be willing to recreate themselves if they are able to succeed in playing their vital roles as news creators and innovators. Some leading schools are doing this but most are not," said the letter addressed to university presidents, and signed by senior officials of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, the Scripps Howard Foundation, the Brett Family Foundation and the Wyncote Foundation. ...
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