This excerpt from IJNet talks of a report by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the New America Foundation about how journalism education needs to change in order to keep with the times and “embrace… a community news mission.”
The report, “Shaping 21st Century Journalism: Leveraging a ‘Teaching Hospital Model’ in Journalism Education,” suggests universities should not just teach journalists, but should produce meaningful journalism by embracing a community news mission. The report was released at the inaugural Journalism Interactive Conference, on journalism education and digital media, held October 28 and 29 at the University of Maryland.
Authors C.W. Anderson, Tom Glaisyer, Jason Smith and Marika Rothfeld write that universities should shadow the method of teaching hospitals that “don’t merely lecture medical students, but also treat patients and pursue research. Journalism programs should not limit themselves to teaching journalists, but should produce copy and become laboratories of innovation as well.”
The full report is also downloadable through a link in IJNet. Click HERE to read more.