ERIC Number: ED251836
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Impact of New and High Technology upon University Instruction in Mass Communication.
A pilot study of 40 accredited journalism and communications departments was conducted to see whether their curricula reflected the impact of new technologies on the mass media. New technology was defined as including pagination, cable and cable hardware, computer front end systems, electronic libraries, satellite systems, and laser and fibre optic transmission. The survey asked respondents to indicate whether (1) their academic programs offered a specific course that included uses and applications of "new technologies" in media; (2) they had other courses that included an instructional unit about "new technology" if their programs did not offer a specific "new technologies" course; and (3) they anticipated developing a course that focused on new technologies and their uses and applications. Nineteen institutions responded to the survey, too few to draw definite conclusions. The results, however, did indicate a possible trend. Many of those schools that do not presently have or do not plan to develop courses devoted to the impact of technology on journalism are including units on the subject in other courses, and seven of the schools intend to institute specific courses about the new technology within the next few years. (RBW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Meeting of the Western Social Science Association (San Diego, CA, April 1984).