The journalism industry is in a state of change, andmedia organizations are much different than they were just 10 years ago. Fromthe rise of new media techniques to the ever-increasing number of outletscreating content, there are countless ways that media companies, news rooms,and journalists have been forced to change in respect to how they do theirwork. One interesting, and often forgotten, aspect of these transformations ishow journalism education is responding to the change. High school andcollegiate journalism programs are having to be extremely nimble in theirmethods in order to train their students for the future of the business. Due,in part, to these changes in the industry, many collegiate journalism programsare seeing declines in interest and are struggling to boost enrollment. If theywant to remain relevant as we move into the future of communications, highschool and collegiate journalism programs must find ways to change currenttheir approach to journalism education.
For most of the past century the job of a journalistwas to gather and weight the value of facts, form them into a truthful storyand send the story to as many people as possible via newspaper, and later,radio and television. These days, information is in abundance, cellphones actas perpetually current edition of every newspaper in the world, camera phoneshave turned virtually everyone into a spot-news photographer, huge storiesbreak on Facebook—sometimes even on Facebook Live.