Despite the state of the journalism industry with layoffs, buyouts and dwindling ad sales, there is still hope for finding work after graduation. J-Source speaks with three journalism grads who applied the skills they learned in j-school to non-traditional jobs, along with one journo who made the switch from working in print to the emerging area of analytics.
A recent Wilfrid Laurier University journalism grad advises students to learn all the hard skills they can while still in school, whether inside or outside of the classroom.
One might deduce that the debate over the future of journalism education is related to speculation about the future of the industry. But in fact, the debate been going on since journalism was introduced as an academic discipline in postsecondary institutions.
Trent University and Loyalist College officially launched a news bureau Wednesday as part of a joint journalism program run by the two schools. Jane Harrison, director of special projects and former dean of Loyalist’s School of Media, Arts and Design talked to J-Source about the new 10,000-square-foot newsroom in Belleville and the program.
Cindy Royal, journalism professor at Texas State University, identifies three guiding principles for journalism schools attempting to conceptualize an entirely new curriculum around digital and data-driven communication.
As a recent Poynter study suggests, journalists and educators have always disagreed about the value and scope of journalism education. For real innovation, j-schools should look to other academic disciplines, not just the industry, for guidance, writes Maija Saari, the academic chair for the School of Communications, Media and Design at Centennial College.
David Beers from The Tyee will go through his rules to live by in the online publishing world, and reveal case by case how his online news magazine has found success by breaking them.