Cutting-Edge Journalism Curricula Start with Tech-Savvy Teachers

Apr 82014
  • The Back In the Newsroom Fellowship will help journalism educators see firsthand the new skills needed for students to succeed in today’s newsrooms.

The basic tenets of journalism aren’t changing--but the tools available to reporters certainly are.

Technology is advancing rapidly, especially in the field of journalism. So how are students supposed to keep up with the latest trends when their professors have not set foot in a newsroom in years?

It’s a major problem currently facing journalism schools around the United States—and the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) has teamed up with the John S. And James L. Knight Foundation to fix it with the Back in the Newsroom Fellowship Program.

The fellowships will place U.S.-based professors in high-tech newsrooms for summer “internships” to bring their digital skills up to speed.

The program is a means “to keep the professors on the cutting edge of what’s really going on and what the needs are in the newsroom and the technology that’s new in the newsroom, ” ICFJ president Joyce Barnathan told Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard in a recent interview. “What they see and what they learn gets transferred into a new and better curriculum.”