The Future of Journalism Education

This Webinar was originally broadcast on:
August 29, 2013 Enroll Now
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Course Overview

The Future of Journalism Education
This $29.95 Webinar is FREE thanks to The Knight Foundation’s support of NewsU and its mission to support online education for journalists.
Originally Broadcast On:
August 29, 2013
Time Estimate:
One hour for the main presentation and questions. Sometimes presenters stay longer to answer additional questions from participants.

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On Aug. 8, Poynter NewsU released the results of our 2013 survey on the future of journalism education. We asked more than 1,800 journalism educators, media professionals and students what they thought about journalism education now and its prospects for the future. We found that there's a still a wide gap between academics and professionals about the value of a journalism degree.

The study was conducted under the guidance of Howard Finberg, Poynter's director of training partnerships and alliances and the creator of Poynter's NewsU. In this Webinar, he will share the results of the study and his thoughts about how journalism schools need to adapt or risk becoming irrelevant. He will be joined by Lauren Klinger, Poynter NewsU producer, who co-authored the State of Journalism Education 2013 report.

You can read the full report here:

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What Will I Learn:
  • How large is the gap between professionals and academics? What can be done to close it?
  • The importance of a journalism education vs. a journalism degree.
  • How changes in technology are affecting educational institutions and the impact upon journalism education.
  • What are the key competencies for today’s beginning journalist.
Who Should Take this Course:

Educators, editors, producers and anyone interested in the future of journalism.

Course Instructor:

Howard Finberg

Howard I. Finberg is the director of business development at The Poynter Institute and creator of Poynter's NewsU. Finberg looks for new training partners and handles the business development aspects of Poynter’s international teaching. He also looks at new revenue opportunities, mostly related to Poynter training. Previously, Finberg was responsible for the creation of Poynter’s e-learning project, News University. NewsU ( launched in 2005 and has more than 280,000 users in 225 countries, accessing more than 400 training modules.

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