J-students “instinctively know something . . . journalism will survive”

A host of quotes from j-profs and j-school department heads about what they tell their students, via an About.com: Journalism article, found via a St. Louis Post Dispatch report.  (My own thoughts follow in brackets.):

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Tony Chan, journalism professor at the University of Washington at Seattle, about print journalism: “I’m telling my students to find a new profession. Print, as we know it, is dead. Kaput.  Print is ‘Dead Man Walking.'” (A bit shortsighted and way too pessimistic. Print is evolving. It will certainly never be the same and the notion of it being on ‘print’ paper may change one day but telling interested students who could be at the heart of its reinvention to steer clear before they’ve even begun seems irresponsible!)

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Steven S. Duke, managing director for training and an associate professor within Medill at Northwestern: “We’re telling students they must be prepared to practice journalism across all platforms, and not to think of themselves as TV journalists, newspaper journalists or even Web journalists. Everybody has to be able to do a bit of everything.” (Very true. And yet it also still seems worthwhile to pick one area and achieve expertise. Well-rounded is certainly in but specialization is not dead by any means. We still need experts.)

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Andy Bechtel, assistant journalism professor at UNC: “No one is sure what the future holds, but it’s apparent in the growth of readership at news sites that people still want professionally produced news.  The problem is how to make that sustainable economically- and what that means for jobs for our graduates.” (A great point and one of the scariest factors in this whole death-of-news discussion. It seems to always be talked about as something that’s out of our control. We need to figure out how to make money with our own content, and fast!)

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Ann Cooper, a former NPR foreign correspondent now teaching at Columbia: “[J-students] instinctively know something that gets forgotten in anxiety-ridden newsrooms: however the next few years shake out, journalism will survive.”  (She said it right.)

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