Report: Journalism Should Be Embedded Within “Very DNA of American Higher Education”

Journalism education will not only survive but should be embedded into “the very DNA of American higher education,” according to an Ohio State University law professor.

As reported in a new Lantern piece, the prof’s vision of modern j-education includes “train[ing] people from all walks of life to deal with the enormous amount of information available in the digital age.”  A separate Lantern op-ed confirmed, “During a time when the newspaper business is severely struggling, some might find it shocking to hear such a proposition. . . . Although newspapers might be slowly reaching obsolescence, journalism is still just as, if not more, important than ever. The shift toward digital media is certainly modifying the practice of journalism . . . Democracy, essentially, is based on the important principles of equality and freedom. But in order for it to function properly and as it was intended, the people must be informed. The information must be fair and accurate. This is why journalism is so important to American society and why it always will be.”

As enrollment grows (grows!) within journalism schools and departments at universities worldwide- while the mainstream news media simultaneously declines in staff and resources- j-students and educators will undoubtedly play an increasingly influential role in shaping the craft and reporting news that matters NOW. As Atlantic correspondent Peter Osnos blogged, [T]he breadth of what is being offered [at j-schools] is amazing . . . The role of the university is potentially significant in the transformation of news from a primarily market-driven enterprise to recognition of its essential role as a civic asset- like education itself.”

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