Tracking the journey of PRCA 3330

Skills for the future

Posted on: September 20, 2010

In an article published by Mediashift, journalism professors and professionals were asked to discuss how the changes in journalism schools are relevant to the skills the journalists of tomorrow will need. Their thoughts were quite interesting.

According to the article, many schools are altering their course load and the number of majors offered in order to streamline the curricula. Tom Ksiazek, a professor at Villanova University, doesn’t seem to think that is a bad thing. In real world settings journalists are expected to be able to communicate a story in a variety of formats. In a program of study that covers a number of different styles of communication, students are much more able to meet this expectation.

The consensus of the academics who weighed in on the subject in the article seems to be that journalists of the future need to have a balanced understanding of the pillars of journalism, such as writing and reporting, as well as technology. An understanding of one or the other just is not enough. The world of journalism is rapidly changing, but it is an exciting change. One that brings about new possibilities so long as you have the tools to keep up.

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