Journalism schools need to adapt or risk becoming irrelevant | Poynter.

Journalism schools need to adapt or risk becoming irrelevant | Poynter.

What skills, attitudes and knowledge will make a journalist
successful in the future? We can all speculate, but we don’t have much
data to look to for the answers. So, NewsU producer Lauren Klinger and I
created a new survey about the future of journalism competencies.

We’re asking educators and journalists to help identify what’s important in four areas:
  1. Knowledge, attitudes and personal features
  2. News gathering skills
  3. News production skills
  4. Technical/multimedia skills
We don’t know what we’ll find with this survey, but I expect there will be new ideas to help us rethink journalism education.

What we do know, however, is enough to get us working to reinvent our future:
  • We know that technology is disrupting how education is delivered.
  • We know that technology is disrupting the economics of education.
  • We know that journalism is changing more quickly than journalism education.
It is not too late to reshape journalism education. But time is not
on our side. I know many educators will struggle with the idea of giving
up parts of what they love — such as teaching in a classroom — and
others will struggle with learning new technologies and approaches to
the craft of journalism.

Picture: Helge V. Keitel, KK-Net, Helsinki (Elma 2007)


 

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