ERIC Number: ED069272
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1971-Mar
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Junior College Journalism in Alabama, Present and Future. With a Related Survey of Journalism Education in Alabama Senior Colleges and Universities.
Results are presented of an analytical study of journalism instruction in Alabama junior colleges, senior colleges and universities, State junior colleges in neighboring States; of student publications, their staffs and advisors on all Alabama campuses; and of regional and national norms for junior college journalism education as a pattern for definition of goals in Alabama. Questionnaires on journalism instruction were mailed to the 21 public and private junior colleges and to the 29 public and private senior colleges and universities in Alabama. The same questionnaire was sent to the State-supported junior colleges in the four adjacent states of Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, and Tennessee. A second questionnaire on student publications was sent to all junior and senior institutions in Alabama. All Alabama institutions responded to the first questionnaire, and all Alabama junior colleges and 24 of the senior institutions responded to the second questionnaire. Sixty tables present the response data. Results of the study, which relate to journalism programs in Alabama junior colleges only, show that junior college journalism education in Alabama is virtually non-existent. Of the 21 junior colleges, only 5 identified journalism as a course of instruction. Student publication production is, in every case, related to classwork. Only one school has more than one course identified in the catalogue, and in only one of the 5 colleges is the journalism instructor educated primarily in journalism. A number of recommendations are made with respect to State-wide definition, journalism curriculum initiation, journalism curriculum, faculty, and "terminal" courses. An appendix presents a resolution of the Junior College Journalism Association. (DB)
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Authoring Institution: Alabama State Dept. of Education, Montgomery.
Identifiers - Location: Alabama; Florida; Georgia; Mississippi; Tennessee