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Toward 2020: New Directions for Journalism Education
For more than a decade, journalism has undergone a series of profound transformations, and the end is not in sight. The disaggregation of content and audiences made possible by the internet has thrown established business models into disarray. Power has shifted from producers to audiences, and the question “Who is a journalist?” is now often answered in unfamiliar ways. While established news organizations rush to reshape themselves for the online, social-media world, we also see the growth of a vibrant and somewhat chaotic ecosystem of small journalistic startups, emphasizing risk and experimentation, and in many cases relying on non-traditional sources of revenue.
For journalism educators, the new reality presents a series of more or less radical challenges. What does it mean to offer a professional education in journalism when the profession is in such a state of flux? Which elements of the established journalism curriculum –- an understanding of journalism’s public purpose, say, or the importance of accuracy and verification – need to be preserved and renewed for 21st-century students? Should some elements – perhaps a focus on traditional newsroom jobs, whose numbers are declining – be de-emphasized, at least in relative terms? What do our students need to know that they are not now learning, or not learning in the most effective way?
In order to address these and related questions, a group of journalism educators from across Canada is convening a one-day conference in the spring of 2014. Our goal is to ensure that students graduating in the year 2020 will have the education they need to succeed as journalists. We are seeking proposals (either in French or English) for presentations addressing this theme in a variety of formats including research papers, round-table discussions and “best-practices” pedagogical workshops. We welcome and encourage proposals from journalism scholars and educators, working journalists and journalism graduates.
Some of the specific questions we hope to address are:
Do existing journalism curricula give students the foundation they need to succeed in these new and rapidly changing circumstances? If not, what should be changed?
How can the mission and purpose of journalism and journalism education be articulated most effectively to potential students, the rest of the university and the community at large?
How much emphasis should be put on entrepreneurship, and how should it be taught?
What opportunities exist, or can be created, for journalism faculty and programs to make interdisciplinary alliances with other departments like law or computer science?
What are the best ways of teaching newswriting in the digital age?
How should our teaching in areas such as journalism ethics, the discipline of verification, and dealing with PR professionals best be modernized?
How much emphasis should be put on the “teaching hospital” model?
In addition to preparing students for newsroom jobs specifically, should courses that would set them up for positions in NGOs, for example, be offered?
What other steps should be taken to address the career concerns of potential students?
We are very pleased to report that Prof. Robert Picard, director of research of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford University, and one of the world’s leading experts on the changing economic basis of journalism and its implications for journalistic practice, will be the conference’s keynote speaker.
The conference will be held at Ryerson University in Toronto on Saturday, May 31, 2014. This is the day after the conclusion of the annual meeting of the Canadian Communication Association in nearby St. Catharines, Ont. We hope that many of the journalism educators who attend the CCA meeting will be able to join us in Toronto on their way home.
We invite proposals either for individual presentations or thematic sessions. Individual submissions should include a proposal of around 300 words and a one-page CV. Session proposals involving more than one presenter should include a 250-word overall rationale for the session and a brief account (150 words) of each individual presentation, along with one-page CVs for all participants. As mentioned above, different formats such as research papers, round-table discussions or workshops are welcome.
The deadline for proposals is January 15, 2014. They should be submitted to Prof. Gene Allen at Ryerson University: firstname.lastname@example.org. Those submitting proposals will be informed of the program committee’s decisions by Jan. 31, 2014.
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