Media Convergence and the Journalism Major
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This paper argues that, because of the dramatic changes in the field of journalism, the curriculum for college journalism majors must include media convergence or "cross-training" through which students are taught not only the essentials of journalism but also the basics of several related fields. The paper contends that contemporary journalism students must learn to utilize technology to relay their stories by having an advanced knowledge of desktop publishing, of operating the audio equipment and of editing their own footage. The paper further contends that, although the implementation of crossover skills may present several problems for schools, the risks are worth it when considering the long-term importance of journalism on society.
From the Paper:"Though the implementation of crossover skills may pose several problems for schools, the risks are worth it when considering the long-term importance of journalism on our society. From presidential elections to corporate scandals, from the uplifting rescue of Tennessee coal miners to the horror of national tragedies, the refined journalism of television and newspaper have been there to captivate us. It is the integrity - or lack thereof - instilled in students early on that guides what stories and opinions they will take on in their adulthood. Without proper education for tomorrow's reporters, the very face of media as we know it could collapse."
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