Journalism schools may bring to mind ink and Pulitzers. But at Morgan State University, a j-school, as we grads call them, is growing up for a new generation that thinks globally and across delivery platforms. The three-year-old School of Global Journalism and Communication is also only one of five journalism schools at an Historically Black College and University (HBCU).
Nieman Lab has an interview with DeWayne Wickham, the former USA Today columnist who is now the dean of the school.
There is plenty of talk of fundraising and the other ins-and-outs of being a dean, but in the middle of the interview, Wickham talks about the wider media world. He parries the notion that journalism is dying, and in doing so locates a place for journalism schools amid several closings and general fretting about their place. People want news, but institutions like journalism schools have a role in figuring out how to distribute it.
“They may not want to read it in a newspaper, or watch it on TV, or even be active consumers of news and information, but they really want it,” he said. “I believe that the great challenge for journalism educators and mass communications educators is to figure out how to effectively and efficiently deliver content to audiences.”
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