Thursday, May 26, 2005


NEWS: Carnegie, Knight pledge $4.1M to overhaul journalism education (fwd)

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The Chronicle of Higher Education
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Thursday, May 26, 2005

5 Universities Will Announce a Broad Plan
to Overhaul Journalism Education

Copyright © 2005 by The Chronicle of Higher Education

At a time when journalism has been rocked by scandals and is reeling from
the competitive pressures of round-the-clock news coverage, five major
research universities and two national foundations are scheduled to unveil
today a plan to revitalize journalism education.

Under the plan, which will be announced at a news conference this morning,
journalism schools will be more fully integrated into their universities. In
so doing, the participants say, students will get more specialized expertise
in the complex subjects they will cover, and a stronger grounding in ethics.

Students will also gain more hands-on experience through internships with
news organizations and on-campus "incubators" under the initiative, which is
to be led by the journalism schools at Columbia University, Northwestern
University, the University of California at Berkeley, and the University of
Southern California. Also participating is the Joan Shorenstein Center on
the Press, Politics, and Public Policy at Harvard University's John F.
Kennedy School of Government.

The Carnegie Corporation of New York has pledged $2.4-million for the first
two years of the project, and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has
committed $1.7-million. The presidents of the five universities have agreed
to support the program in the third year.

"Journalism is too important to this nation and our democracy to have the
schools that educate its future leaders be anything but central to the
universities in which they reside," Vartan Gregorian, president of Carnegie
Corporation, said in a written statement.

Copyright © 2005 by The Chronicle of Higher Education


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