Journalism students must bridge 'digital divide 2.0' to become less old-school

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Assistant professors Alexa Capeloto and Devin Harner say young journalism students "know how to act the part of digital natives," but "they're inclined to see the Internet as a tool for entertainment and socializing, rather than as an information source." This strains the conventional wisdom that young journalists are the most progressive, and raises questions about what journalism schools should be teaching. "A few students said that they didn't see blogs as journalism, because anyone could do them," the professors wrote. "They were in class to learn about reporting and writing -- capital-J Journalism -- and not to repeat what they already do on their own time." || Related: Why you want to go to college: In 140 characters or less

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    Jeff Sonderman

    Jeff Sonderman is the deputy director of the American Press Institute, helping to lead its use of research, tools, events, and strategic insights to advance and sustain journalism.

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