Let’s say you like learning about journalism, but you don’t have the time or money to head out to every conference or event that strikes your fancy. How cool would it be if there were a website where you could get online training in almost every area of journalism for free or a nominal fee? That’s what NewsU is all about. [Read more…]
There’s been a fair amount of chatter lately about whether or not students should enroll in journalism school. If you want to be a journalist someday, it can’t hurt. Do you need a journalism education to be successful? No. Will it prepare you better than a major in English or Biology? Yes.
There are plenty of people that question the value of a journalism education. Others question whether or not journalism programs are keeping up with the pace of change in the industry. Despite the criticism, enrollment is up at journalism schools around the country. So the big question in my mind is which schools are doing the best job at preparing students for a career in a much different media world than many of us grew up in? Which schools are teaching Internet and social media skills, while sticking to a solid foundation of fundamentals? Which schools put the greatest emphasis on quality reporting and writing? [Read more…]
I have a little Twitter poll going on right now: Which Journalism School Will Best Prepare The Next Generation of Journalists? 111 Twitter followers have cast their votes so far, with “other” leading the poll. I clearly overlooked some great institutions. If you haven’t cast your vote, I encourage you to do so. The poll is open through the end of the month, and I will share the final tally on the blog (along with many of your comments).
More important than your opinion on which school will do the best job is the bigger issue of preparing a future generation of journalists. I’ve seen dozens of posts on this topic, with many of them focusing on skills related to online journalism and social media. While these skills will be useful for some journalism students, I don’t think everyone needs to know how to format a photo for a blog post, nor do they have to understand HTML. I think media organizations will continue to hire support staff that can support journalists with these tasks.
I think the fundamentals of journalism remain the same. Journalists entering the profession in the future need the same skills they’ve always needed, solid fundamentals in the art of journalism. I’ve talked a bit about the basic journalism skills needed recently on this blog, but it’s important to reinforce this issue. First and foremost, journalists need to understand how to produce great news content. This starts with mastery of reporting and writing fundamentals. [Read more…]