My colleague and City University Visiting Professor Paul Bradshaw has been reflecting in a 3-part blogpost on the changes in journalism education being driven by the disruption of the previous era’s pattern of communications.
Bare summaries of other peoples writings shouldn’t be so necessary in the digital world since I can link and you can click direct to the originals. But in case you’re short of time, I’d boil Paul’s case down like this:
- Online publishing creates requirements for new skills and allows many organisations the ability to bypass news media and publish on their own account. The shortage of new skills in journalism itself is mirrored in the journalism education business.
- Today’s students are saturated in information. Teachers are no longer gatekeepers to learning but “gatewatchers” who will need to communicate with students on multiple platforms.
- The old supply chain of trainees and interns entering an industry has been broken: students were teaching the media companies they joined, rather than the other way round.
I agree with Paul about the first, query part of the the second and think the third point overdone: Continue reading →