Many j-schools ‘still haven’t mastered the Web,’ Knight says

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I doubt academia will handle the digital age well,” the Knight Foundation’s Eric Newton writes on the organization’s blog. Writing about Indiana University’s plan to combine its journalism school with other programs, he says: “Inventing the future of news can’t possibly be achieved by mashing the larger standalone schools into someone else’s college.”

We’ve argued journalism education needs to grow. At Indiana, the discussion is about attrition. We think journalism education should become more important. At Indiana, the school is losing independence. Journalism schools should be nimble. At Indiana, they’re increasing the layers of decision-makers. We say top professionals should be equal to scholars. They’ll bury the pros in a college run by scholars.

A graphic accompanying Newton’s story says Knight funds “social and mobile experiments, but many schools still haven’t mastered the Web.”

Knight Foundation infographic (Click to view a larger version.)

Web mastery may not be a problem at the University of Georgia, which has just hired Charles N. Davis as dean of the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. Davis is currently a professor at the University of Missouri and facilitator for Mizzou’s Media of the Future Initiative. He’ll begin July 1.

Also on Monday, Columbia University named Steve Coll the dean of its graduate school of journalism.

Previously: IU provost: Merging schools puts ‘educational excellence first,’ ‘administrative structures’ second | Indiana University to merge journalism, communications schools | Journalism education cannot teach its way to the future

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  • NateBowman

    To me the point is (and was in my comment on the original piece about the provost of Indiana U) that she used the Knight Foundation research to rationalize the school’s decision when Knight itself says:

    “The provost said the journalism education reform we’ve been writing about was part of the reason for change. Yet from all appearances, she knows nothing of our work.”

    The original piece:

  • Barry Hollander

    Stay classy, Harry.

  • Harry Montevideo

    Sure Barry, I do know what Grady News Source is supposed to be, but is clearly not. Hacked, mothballed, whatever, clearly not a priority for the college, despite the link to it from the Grady College home page. No comparison to The Red and Black, other than if our site were to look like that for months, I would be fired.

    The dialog is about whether Journalism Schools have “mastered the web” or not. Again, I can’t believe Grady Journal is a website where you want to show the world your student’s work.

  • Barry Hollander

    You’re comparing the R&B to Grady Journal? Really? I have no idea how long it’s been this way. It got hacked, is being rebuilt, is a place students would park work, but it’s hardly a 24-hour news site like the R&B. I assume you know that. Please tell me you do.

  • Harry Montevideo

    Barry, my comments here and below are simply to support Eric Newton’s viewpoint that “many schools haven’t mastered the Web”. I believe this to be the case with Grady College with the outsourcing of the college’s website to a third party and the failure of Grady Journal. Grady is not alone, as I hear the same from most all my colleagues in student media, who are trying to deal with the same issues as mainstream media. Almost to a person, they feel their school “hasn’t mastered the Web”, nor have the J-school students they employ.

  • Harry Montevideo

    Barry, I quess the point would be, why not disable the URL or have it redirect to an “Under Construction” page? What would the feedback from Grady be if The Red and Black website looked like that for nearly a year? Why would you want the world to be able to stumble upon Grady Journal and wonder….?

  • Barry Hollander

    Well, Harry, not sure what your point is on the link. That site’s been in mothballs for a while as we figure out what to do with it. And now that I see it’s you asking the questions (the ID was unclear earlier), you should know some of the backstory already. Or just call someone and ask. You’re all of a mile away.

  • Barry Hollander

    The web site is a mess, there’s a new one coming, but the whole PR firm thing is tangled up with some personnel matters that frankly I can’t speak to with any real authority.

  • Barry Hollander

    This is a site with a graphic including the soulless “content creator” as a good thing. How seriously are we to take it? Hell, academia was online long before the professions were.

  • Jerry Wakefield

    Does anyone at the Knight foundation know diddly-squat about j-schools or the web? They seem mostly to be former journalists who lucked into a job after their careers ended.
    Poynter’s role these days seems to be to post anything that comes along. It used to be helpful to those in the industry but now it just seems whiny.