Friday, 31 August 2007

Is the new journalism not glamorous enough?

Interesting article on revealing extraordinary resistance to change among journalism students.

Last year, after taking over as the head of Northwestern University's highly regarded Medill School of Journalism, John Lavine vowed to "blow up" the curriculum, changing its emphasis to new media and marketing. Students and alumns have responded with anger and charges of betrayal.
Seems that the young are just as resistant to change as anyone else and have illusions of the journalism of yesteryear:
“You lied to me!” the graduate student angrily told John Lavine, the dean of the Medill School of Journalism. “I came here to learn to be a writer,” the student said, explaining that he had chosen Northwestern—and forked over more than $40,000 in annual tuition—because he wanted to hone a flair for writing that would land him at a publication like The New York Times. “But you’re having us do all this video stuff. I didn’t come here for that.”
to which Lavine responds: “It would be unethical for us to educate you to only be able to write,” he said. “It would be like sending you out with your left arm and your right leg tied behind your back.”

Interesting stuff. But really, weren't we all originally inspired to be journalists by Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell?

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