Journalism Education's Broader, Deeper Mission

Accepting an award from Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School for Journalism & Mass Communication several months ago, former PBS NewsHour host Robert McNeil called journalism education probably "the best general education that an American citizen can get" today.

Perhaps he was playing to his audience, at least to a degree. Many other kinds of undergraduate degree programs could lay claim to a similar bragging rights; a strong liberal ... Full Story »

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by Fabrice Florin - Feb. 9, 2009

Insightful recommendation that journalism schools take on a broader mission: to help people navigate and manage the myriad information streams of a media-saturated world. The author presents a reasonable argument for the unique role journalism schools can play in media education for all citizens, citing authoritative sources and concrete examples of how this could come about. Invaluable and constructive commentary about an important but under-reported issue.

Disclosure: Dan Gillmor is an advisor to NewsTrust.

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by John Hamer - Feb. 9, 2009

Yes. The author is respected and knowledgeable, and his recommendations are right on target.

As founder of the Washington News Council, we have been trying for 10 years to engage citizens and journalists to help improve the quality of the news media. Now that the media are everywhere and anyone can be a journalist, it's more important than ever.

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Dale Penn
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by Dale Penn - Feb. 9, 2009

As a member of the NewsTrust community, I can attest to the value of the the author's recommendations. The goals seem somewhat lofty, literally requiring a paradigm shift in our culture to value critical thinking - but he offers practical suggestions that if adopted even in part should move us in the right direction.

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Patricia L'Herrou
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by Patricia L'Herrou - Feb. 9, 2009

wonderful suggestions/ideas in this piece which if implemented could strengthen our democracy: teaching better journalism to anyone, including journalists, as a model for how to evaluate all news/sources of news. many projects toward this end are noted and linked. the most important point here may be that of offering this type of course to students/children at all levels.

the principals included here could be expanded to include newstrust criteria for evaluation

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David Cohn
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by David Cohn - Feb. 9, 2009
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John Hopkins
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by John Hopkins - Feb. 9, 2009

Yes, definitely. I want to share it with all the teachers I know.

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