This week, teachers and students in Canada’s journalism programs are gearing up for a new year of learning, debating, chasing stories and sweating deadlines. J-Source is a good place to jump-start the year. In the Students' Lounge, our contributors are talking about replacing textbooks with an iPad, and how to keep cover letters out of the trash bin. The Lounge features a students' tool box, directories of awards and job opportunities, and news about the student press. And it's a place to examine and debate the changing state of journalism education, including one U.S. university's decision to close its journalism program. Given there are still plenty of arguments to keep j-schools open, J-Source's 'Teaching Journalism' section is well-stocked with classrooms tools and tips, along with deeper reflection on education issues. Working journalists will also find useful gems in these sections  –  not to mention a deep well of 'back to school' story ideas.

This week, teachers and students in Canada’s journalism programs are gearing up for a new year of learning, debating, chasing stories and sweating deadlines. J-Source is a good place to jump-start the year. In the Students' Lounge, our contributors are talking about replacing textbooks with an iPad, and how to keep cover letters out of the trash bin. The Lounge features a students' tool box, directories of awards and job opportunities, and news about the student press. And it's a place to examine and debate the changing state of journalism education, including one U.S. university's decision to close its journalism program. Given there are still plenty of arguments to keep j-schools open, J-Source's 'Teaching Journalism' section is well-stocked with classrooms tools and tips, along with deeper reflection on education issues. Working journalists will also find useful gems in these sections  –  not to mention a deep well of 'back to school' story ideas.

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Patricia W. Elliott is a magazine journalist and assistant professor at the School of Journalism, University of Regina. You can visit her at patriciaelliott.ca.