Friday, February 24, 2006

An Introduction to this Site

Rethinking Journalism Education: Preparing Journalists for the 21st Century is an initiative to ensure that journalism education reflects and anticipates changes in the media industry.

It began with a summit of journalism educators in the California State University and California Community College systems on Feb. 23-24, 2006 in Morro Bay, Calif. Nearly 70 journalism educators from more then 30 schools attended the summit, which was funded by a grant from the CSU Institute for Teaching and Learning and co-sponsored by the Journalism Association of Community Colleges.

For more information and coverage of the meeting click here

Proposed outcomes of the summit:

* To promote communication and collaboration among journalism educators in the CSU and community colleges
* To bring journalism educators in the CSU and community college system together to talk about how best to prepare the next generation of journalists
* To educate journalism educators about the shifting media landscape
* To help journalism educators plan curricula to respond to changes in the field
* To seek, share and discuss innovative approaches to teaching journalism
* To begin a dialogue about journalism education that can continue in the form of listserv discussions, collaborative research and future meetings.

This blogspot was created with those objectives in mind. Participants and observers can post reflections on the conference and on the issues it raised.

We look forward to a lively conversation.
-- Rachele Kanigel and Timi Poeppelman
Summit Organizers

2 Comments:

At 1:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Absolutely agree with the need for change. I am a 1991 graduate of CSUS journalism school - one of my favorite teachers - Mike Fitzgerald. Since graduation, I've worked as a journalist, communications manager, technical writer, and freelance writer. During my training (around the time of Desert Storm), a media day presentation focused on the changing face of journalism - accurately predicting what has become our reality. We are faced with so many levels of communication, and in our present world literally "everyone is a writer." To remain competitive, we must be savvy to these various layers, we must become sociologists AND anthropologists, using the data we gather to understand the effects of these multiple layers on our global culture, the locus of the need to constantly communicate, and most importantly, use this data in a socially responsible way. We need to train the next generation of journalists to do the same.

Respectfully submitted,

Carol Fuccillo
ninifu8@hotmail.com

 
At 12:05 AM, Blogger Centennial College said...

Excellent post on the real journalism and the way it should be taught in universities.It began with a summit of journalism educators in the California State University and California Community College systems on Feb. 23-24, 2006 in Morro Bay, California.
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