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What J-Schools are doing

Academic procession at the :en:University of C...Image via Wikipedia Mindy McAdams ponders how far j-schools are moving with integrating new media skills into their curricula.

What is your j-school doing? Not not doing, but doing. My department had a meeting yesterday and resolved to form three results-focused subcommittees and move ahead rapidly, this semester, on curriculum reform. Overdue, yes. But for the first time, no one said we couldn’t get it done. No one put up any roadblocks. No one said, “I can’t.”

This is the first semester we’re integrating our “Introduction to Multimedia Journalism” course (previous coverage) into the curriculum. Most of the students enrolled are juniors and seniors, although the requirement will mean more freshmen into the course over the next two semesters.

I sympathize with Mindy’s predicament. It took a year for our J-school to push through the curriculum reform. Next year, we’re moving forward with a laptop requirement for incoming students, something that we adopted last year and are implementing gradually.

And while more j-schools are including “converged journalism” courses and tracks, few have yet made such courses a requirement for ALL j-school students. That has to change, and I suspect it will change as the curriculum bureaucracy rolls along.

As important as j-school training, however, is implementation in college news media. And I’m not just talking newspapers, but radio and tv as well. Our electronic media seems to be slow to catch up just as much as the print media.

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