Friday, October 19, 2007

More on j-schools

Over at the World Association of Newspapers blog this week, Jeff Jarvis and Roy Greenslade discuss the state of journalism school education. Stop us if you've heard that before.

(Jarvis founded Entertainment Weekly, runs the Buzzmachine blog, did a stint with Newhouse's New Jersey operations and now has taken up residency at the City University of New York's new j-school. Greenslade is a widely traveled British journalist who now professes at London's City University and blogs for the Guardian. A couple of Poynter folks also were supposed to be part of this, but as of this writing, their thoughts have not been posted.)

Aside from much of Jarvis' input sounding like a promotional flier for CUNY, there's a lot more of the same old, same old, but also a few nuggets, like this from Greenslade:

These students grew up in a period of transition. Almost all of them have grown up with the Net. The oddity is that they’re all seeking ‘old media’ jobs, because these are perceived as being more stable, although this traditional media structure is all in the period of breakdown. I don’t think they’re yet convinced of that though – they’re not taking this fragmentation seriously. It’s mostly people who worked in the media in the past who are witnessing this fragmentation.

On the other hand, the difference is that today’s journalism students have the multimedia skills and background if they need them. When I asked my class who was signed up for Facebook, virtually everybody raised their hand.
The two comments on the post so far, one of them from a British j-school student, kind of frame either side of the issue.



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