The journalism industry is in a state of change, and
media organizations are much different than they were just 10 years ago. From
the rise of new media techniques to the ever-increasing number of outlets
creating content, there are countless ways that media companies, news rooms,
and journalists have been forced to change in respect to how they do their
work. One interesting, and often forgotten, aspect of these transformations is
how journalism education is responding to the change. High school and
collegiate journalism programs are having to be extremely nimble in their
methods in order to train their students for the future of the business. Due,
in part, to these changes in the industry, many collegiate journalism programs
are seeing declines in interest and are struggling to boost enrollment. If they
want to remain relevant as we move into the future of communications, high
school and collegiate journalism programs must find ways to change current
their approach to journalism education.

For most of the past century the job of a journalist
was to gather and weight the value of facts, form them into a truthful story
and send the story to as many people as possible via newspaper, and later,
radio and television. These days, information is in abundance, cellphones act
as perpetually current edition of every newspaper in the world, camera phones
have turned virtually everyone into a spot-news photographer, huge stories
break on Facebook—sometimes even on Facebook Live.