Back to School: The Evolution of Journalism Education
It’s the start of the 2012-13 school year, which means students are returning to journalism programs around the country. As the media industry continues to evolve, how well is new talent being trained, and how well are schools preparing them for the real world? We asked an array of people — hiring editors, recent graduates, professors, technologists, deans — to evaluate the job j-schools are doing and to offer ideas for how they might improve.
Journalism school students often choose the field because they like writing. So getting them to code requires more than instruction — it takes convincing.
USC’s Hernandez says students should bypass the normal route and “hijack your school’s assets to selfishly improve your skills.”
“We are just at the beginning of understanding what the digital media curriculum of the future will look like. But we can’t let the constraints of accreditation and untrained faculty slow us down.”