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Posted 10/17/02

 Some Ruminations on Journalism Schools As Columbia Turns
By Orville Schell
Orville Schell is the dean of the Graduate School of Journalism at University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of 14 books — nine about China, including Virtual Tibet, Mandate of Heaven, and Discos and Democracy. He has also written widely about Asia for Wired, The New York Review of Books, the New Yorker, Harper's, Newsweek and other national magazines.

Getting Journalism Education Out of the Way
By Betty Medsger
Betty Medsger, a former Washington Post reporter, was the head of the Department of Journalism at San Francisco State University and founder of its Center for Integration and Improvement of Journalism. The author of three books, she lives in New York and is a free lance writer and journalism education consultant, most recently in China.

Democratic Journalism and the Republican Subject: Or, the Real American Dream and What Journalism Educators Can Do About It
By Robert Manoff
Robert Manoff is Director of the Center for War, Peace, and the News Media, an interdisciplinary center affiliated with the Department of Journalism at NYU. He is the former managing editor of Harper's and the Soho News, the senior editor of MORE, and the editor of the Columbia Journalism Review.

Journalism Still Dodges the Big Questions: A View From Australia
By Michael Bromley
Michael Bromley is Professor and Head of Journalism at Queensland University of Technology, Australia. A former daily newspaper journalist in the UK, he was the Howard Marsh Visiting Professor of Journalism at the University of Michigan in 2000-2001.


Journalism, the Quintessential Knowledge Profession, has an Information Problem
by Vartan Gregorian
Vartan Gregorian is president of the Carnegie Corporation. He previously served as president of Brown University and, earlier, as president of the New York Public Library and provost of the University of Pennsylvania. As a young man, he was a contributing journalist to major Armenian newspapers in Iran, where he grew up. This essay appeared as the introduction to The Business of News: A Challenge for Journalism's Next Generation, written by Cynthia Gorney and published by Carnegie. Gregorian's essay is used by permission.

The full report, summarizing a conference among key players in journalism and journalism education, is available here.

Time to Retire All the Old Arguments About Journalism School
by William Serrin
William Serrin is an associate professor of journalism at New York University, and has reported for, among others, the Detroit Free Press and the New York Times. He is the author of Homestead: The Glory and Tragedy of an American Steel Town, edited The Business of Journalism, and, with his wife, Judith Serrin, edited Muckraking! The Journalism That Changed America.

Journalism is Thinkology. Now How Do You Teach That?
by Les Gura
Les Gura, a journalism graduate from both NYU (bachelors) and Columbia (Master), has been a writer and editor for more than 20 years. He is currently the metro editor of the Winston-Salem Journal in North Carolina. He was previously city editor of the Hartford Courant, and has taught journalism at two universities.

The Crisis is Not in Here, But Out there: Journalism as Pedagogy
by James Traub
James Traub writes for the New York Times Magazine. He is the author of City on a Hill: Testing the American Dream at City College (Perseus, 1995) and is at work on a book about Times Square.

What Difference Does a Journalism Education Make?
by Theodore L. Glasser
Theodore L. Glasser, a press scholar, is current president of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), the main professional organization in the field. He directs the Graduate Program in Journalism at Stanford University. His books include Custodians of Conscience: Investigative Journalism and Public Virtue, written with James Ettema of Northwestern University.

Bollinger's Windbags Won't Do Much Without the Young
by Jon Katz
Jon Katz is a media critic and author. He has worked for CBS News, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Washington Post and The Boston Globe. He has written for Rolling Stone, Wired, and the websites Hotwired and Slashdot

One Heresy for Every Verity: What If Columbia's Team of Journalism All-Stars Went to School?
by Cole C. Campbell
Cole C. Campbell, former editor of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and The Virginian-Pilot, is the editor, with Roy Peter Clark, of The Values and Craft of American Journalism: Essays from the Poynter Institute (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2002).

A Provost's Advice on Bollinger's Quest
by G. Stuart Adam
G. Stuart Adam is the former Director of the School of Journalism at Carleton University in Ottawa and the University's current Vice-President (Academic) and Provost. He is author of Notes Towards a Definition of Journalism.

Strip It Down, Go Eclectic: J-School Should Stop Getting in the Way of a Real Education
by Dan Kennedy
Dan Kennedy is a contributing writer for the Boston Phoenix, and the 2001 winner of the National Press Club's Arthur Rowse Award for Press Criticism. He is currently writing a book, Little People: A Father Reflects on His Daughter's Dwarfism -- and What It Means to Be Different, to be published by Rodale in the fall of 2003.

Taking Bollinger's Course on the American Press
by Jay Rosen
Jay Rosen is chairman of the department of journalism and mass communication at New York University and author of What Are Journalists For? (Yale University Press, 1999).

Journalism With A Scholar's Intent
by Brooke Kroeger
Brooke Kroeger is associate professor of journalism at New York University and the author of Nellie Bly: Daredevil, Reporter, Feminist and Fannie: The Talent for Success of Writer Fannie Hurst.

Columbia's J-School Needs to Consider Trollopian Retooling
by Ron Rosenbaum
Ron Rosenbaum is the author of Explaining Hitler. His work has appeared
in many magazines, such as Harper's, The Atlantic, The New Yorker and the
New York Times Magazine.
His latest book is The Secret Parts of Fortune:
Three Decades of Intense Investigations and Edgy Enthusiasms.

A J-School Manifesto
by Mitchell Stephens
Mitchell Stephens, a professor of journalism and mass communication at New York University, is the author most recently of the rise of the image the fall of the word. He is also the author of a reporting textbook, Writing and Reporting the News.

Wimps of the Roundtable and Other Challenges for Journalism Schools
by Wayne Robins
Wayne Robins is an associate editor at Editor & Publisher magazine.He has journalism degrees from the University of Colorado, Boulder (B.S.1972), and New York University (M.A., 1999). He was the Elizabeth Arden-Chen Sam Fellow in NYU's Cultural Reporting and Criticism program (1997-1998), and taught Critical Writing at NYU in 1998 and 1999.

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