26 Aug

Opinion: We Need a Digital-First Curriculum to Teach Modern Journalism

<p><strong>By Cindy Royal, for <em>PBS MediaShift</em></strong></p><p>At the annual meeting of the <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication</a> in Washington, D.C., earlier this month, one panel addressed adding programming skills to the curriculum: “<a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Why All Your Students Must Be Programmers</a>.”</p>

20 Aug

Opinion: J-schools should innovate by prioritizing research and discovery instead of waiting for industry to dictate its needs

<p><strong>By Maija Saari</strong></p><p>The more things change in the media landscape, the more things stay the same. <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The latest report</a> out of The Poynter Institute on the state of journalism education finds, yet again, a big gap between faculty and professionals in their assessments of the value of journalism education.</p>

22 May

Letter to the editor: Three things that don’t stand up in Basen’s column on journalists and public relations

<p><strong>By Paul Knox</strong></p><p>Readers will make up their own minds about Ira Basen’s contention that <a href="">all journalists should study public relations</a>. But here are three things in Basen’s recent J-Source piece that don’t stand up:</p>

15 May

Opinion: Why all journalists should study public relations

<p><strong>By Ira Basen, J-Source Future of News editor</strong></p>

24 Jun

One journalist scorns the advice that j-students should “brand” themselves

<p>A journalism student who wrote to a Washington Post columnist recently to ask how he built his "personal brand" got a very public and provocative response. Gene Weingarten wrote a column condemning the way "branding" is ruining journalism and criticizing the professor who issued the assignment.</p><p>"The best way to build a brand is to take a three-foot length of malleable iron and get one end red-hot. Then, apply it vigorously to the buttocks of the instructor who gave you this question. You want a nice, meaty sizzle," he wrote.</p>

24 Feb

Recent trends on university campuses are undermining value of university degrees

As universities everywhere focus on attracting and retaining students at a time when college-age populations are declining, they are not doing enough to ensure those students get a quality education, […]

24 Feb

Professors beware: Perfectionism hurts research output

Professors who are perfectionists are less likely to produce and publish research, a new study concludes. “The more perfectionistic the professor, the less productive they are,” says a Dalhousie University […]

21 Dec

UPDATE: Specialist or generalist; what kind of journalist should j-schools be producing?

UPDATE for CLARIFICATION Dec 20, 2010: The language in this story has been changed to clarify the program is at the proposal stage, and, that the memo outlining the suggestions […]

5 Oct

Journalism teachers are failing their students

<p><span style="font-style: italic;"><img align="left" alt="Wayne MacPhail" border="0" hspace="5" src="" style="width: 131px; height: 106px;" title="Wayne MacPhail" />The students </span><span style="font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;">Wayne MacPhail </span><span style="font-style: italic;">sees know practically nothing about the online world or emerging media; their journalistic training reaches only a tentative few feet beyond the same traditional media it always has.

14 Sep

A legendary j-educator slams what’s happening in j-schools these days

<p>Technology is taking over the curriculum at too many j-schools and the results are "disastrous," accorinding to a well-known journalism educator and the author of the widely-used News Reporting and Writing, now in it's 12th edition.</p>