Monday, August 6, 2012

Journalism and Communications Schools Must Be Willing to Recreate Themselves

Some blog followers might be interested in a recent Inside Higher Ed report “Yesterday's News” [Basu (2012)] at

The first three paragraphs are [bracketed by lines "BBBBB. . . ."]:

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.

See also the related “Journalism funders call for ‘Teaching Hospital’ model of education” [Knight Blog (2012) at

Richard Hake, Emeritus Professor of Physics, Indiana University
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REFERENCES [URL’s shortened by and accessed on 06 August 2012.]
Basu, K. 2012. "Yesterday's News," Inside Higher Ed, 6 August; online at

Knight Blog. 2012. “Journalism funders call for ‘Teaching Hospital’ model of education, 3 August; online at

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