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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    Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at and managing editor of Washington City Paper. He's the author of the 2006 book "Body Piercing Saved My Life," about Christian rock and evangelical Christian culture.


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