Posts tagged with ‘journalism school’

What I like to say is we like students to leave here with the intellectual dexterity to deal with unending change. That is a core journalistic skill along with learning to verify information and write it in a compelling way.

Bill Grueskin, Dean of Academic Affairs at Columbia J-School, in a Q&A with PBS MediaShift’s Mark Glaser.

The Q&A covers Columbia’s revamped curriculum, and thoughts on the future of journalism education.

Related: Thoughts about Columbia, journalism education, and j-school from the FJP archives.

And so it was the other day when the provost at Indiana University announced she was going to “improve” the university’s award-winning School of Journalism by running it out of Ernie Pyle Hall and mashing it into the College of Arts and Sciences where the scholars in charge will have their way with it. The provost said the journalism education reform we’ve been writing about was part of the reason for change. Yet from all appearances, she knows nothing of our work.

Eric Newton, Knight Foundation. Do Universities Hear the Critics of Journalism Education?

Newton’s piece is an effort to clarify the Knight Foundation’s work on the future of journalism education, which encourages universities to expand their programs, not shrink them, as Indiana University is doing.

The bottom line:

Is journalism education getting the message?  We’ve been talking about  four transformational trends.” Great journalism schools 1. connect with the rest of the university; 2. innovate with digital tools and techniques; 3. master more open,collaborative approaches,  and become not just community information providers, but “teaching hospitals” that inform and engage their communities.

Is that message getting through? The first reaction was: We’re doing it! But then schools showed us journalism with no engagement, which is pretty much like hospitals with doctors and medicine but no patients. When we explained, the second reaction was: We can’t do all this! If we teach gizmos, we can’t teach journalism. Wrong again. To teach journalism in the digital age you have to teach both journalism and the digital age — and use modern tools to do it. That’s why the schools that are serious about this are getting bigger, not smaller.

Accompanying the piece is a graphic depicting three layers of journalism education. Schools must do well at the bottom layer in order to climb to the next. 

For more, see the report on the Carnegie-Knight Initiative of the Future of Journalism Education.

J-School, What Is It Good For?

“Print journalism is not a profession. It’s a job, a knack, a talent. You don’t need a diploma, you don’t need to belong to a professional body like solicitors or accountants do. There’s nothing you can learn in three years studying media at university that you can’t learn in just one month on a local paper.” —   Kelvin MacKenzie, former Sun editor

Note: Mr. MacKenzie’s shared his views with Harriet Thurley, a reporter for City University’s XCity Magazine. The story was picked up by The Independent (UK).

This is an example of a great interactive multimedia piece done by the NY times last year.  I just wanted to bring it back because it’s a great piece that shows how effective multimedia journalism can be.  

This is an example of a great interactive multimedia piece done by the NY times last year.  I just wanted to bring it back because it’s a great piece that shows how effective multimedia journalism can be.  

So, You Want to Be a Journalist?

There used to be (still is) an expression, “Say it with flowers.” In today’s world of social media, a more apt mantra might be say it with Xtra Normal. The site which launched in 2008 allows anyone who can type to make a movie with cute, monotone characters.

The beauty of Xtra Normal is that it turns very serious topics into parodies because the scripts are read without emotion in a mechanical, matter-of-fact way. Sensitive subjects become jokes, and videos are easily shared.

It was not clear at first how Xtra Normal would be able to make any money, but it seems that they have kept themselves afloat by selling virtual goods, and charging a premium for fancy backdrops for movies, as well as custom character animations.

Watch as an aspiring journalist must contend with the acid bath of a jaded professional reporter.

h/t: The Nocturnalist