ERIC Number: ED284280
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Aug-2
Reference Count: 0
News Directors Look Back at Their Education.
Stone, Vernon A.
To discover what college courses of study were most beneficial to established television and radio journalists, a survey was conducted of the persons in charge of 434 television stations and 362 radio stations. The study, similar to previous studies, asked whether the journalists had attended college and where, which of their college courses they found most beneficial to their current positions, and what courses they wished they had taken more of. Results showed that the respondents believed that writing courses were the most useful in their careers, followed by various journalism courses (field reporting, editing, mass media and society, etc.), social studies, speech, business, and law courses. Many respondents noted that they would have taken more management and other business courses and social studies courses, but would not have taken more journalism courses, remarking that they had taken a sufficient number. The results also suggest that journalism majors pay more attention to fundamental journalism courses, reading, writing, and reporting, and pay less attention to learning technical skills, as those types of skills can be learned on the job. Footnotes and three tables are included. (JC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (70th, San Antonio, TX, August 1-4, 1987).