Half-Truths About a Journalism School

Earlier this month, the chancellor of the University of Colorado at Boulder, Phil DiStefano, announced his institution would explore discontinuation of the journalism school, noting that a committee has been formed to consider how to organize a new Full Story »

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Patricia L'Herrou
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by Patricia L'Herrou - Sep. 14, 2010

mr. bugeja explores here the 'reorganization' of the university of colorado school of journalism announcement. mr.bugeja offers compelling reasons for journalism to be an important area of university studies in order to perform the functions within our society which may matter most, and his implication is that the university is cutting costs and is not committed to journalism, no matter how the reorganization dresses it up. what i would have liked to see is some figures on the numbers of students over the last few years.

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Donica Mensing
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by Donica Mensing - Sep. 13, 2010

Many people have written about the possible closure of the journalism school at the University of Colorado, Boulder. This is the only article I've seen that challenges the rationale publicized by the dean and speaks directly to the possible dishonesty of claiming it represents an advancement for journalism education. It might...but the high likelihood of journalism becoming subsumed into a minor arm of an Information and Technology school seems equally, if not more likely. At the same time, the author doesn't acknowledge the very real need for reform of many journalism programs. That's a good topic for a follow-up story.

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Bob Herrschaft
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by Bob Herrschaft - Sep. 16, 2010

The argument for keeping journalism is well presented, but in an era of sound bites it's understandable that a university might want to give the course a sexy new title. But what will we wind up with... a course that emphasizes polls and media one-upsmanship? It would be better to go back to the roots of good journalism and emphasize logic going back to Aristotle. Isn't the "faulty premise" still relevant in today's mainstream media?

I firmly believe logic and analytical thinking should be requisite in any academic curriculum in high school, as well as college.

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Michael Bugeja
by Michael Bugeja - Sep. 13, 2010

I am an advisor to News Trust and thus cannot comment on this article.

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