In his article Rethinking the Lessons of Journalism School, Michael Janeway suggests that news organizations should be doing more to help journalism schools in the same way corporations help business schools. I doubt this will ever happen. Recall that Columbia University’s new president, Lee Bollinger, has suspended the search for a new J-school dean in order to reconsider the program, to make it more academic and intellectual. Well, those qualities of critical thinking and dogged research that undergird those adjectives are not what news organizations are looking for in reporters. The kind of journalism that gets to the meat of issues and portrays them in their proper complexity does not make for snappy entertainment. And it costs too much.
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I offer commentary on the rhetoric of the American conversation, especially as it unfolds in documentary film, the news media, and politics. Check out my feeds on Twitter and Instagram. Also be sure to see my work at Carbon Trace Productions, a non-profit documentary film studio in Springfield, Missouri. I am a Professor of Media & Journalism at Missouri State University. I teach classes in mobile journalism and documentary filmmaking.
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