US journalism schools are coping with their worst public financing crisis ever. Journalism students returning to campus for the new school year are finding fewer teachers and fewer available classes – just as student demand is hitting peaks not seen since the Watergate reporting of Woodward and Bernstein filled Newswriting 101 classrooms with
thousands of students a generation ago. Not only are entry requirements taugher, at one state-supported institution, Texas A&M University, students are returning to a journalism programme that is likely going out of business. Some journalism educators say Texas A&M’s fate may await other schools. Will Norton, vice president of the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC), believes schools that for reasons of budget or academic politics have largely abandoned teaching the professional skills of journalism in favour of more philosophical ruminations about media theory.
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