ERIC Number: ED217446
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Jul
Scholastic Journalism Education: Benchmark 1982.
Shenton, Stephen G-M.; Smith, Anne
Noting that no institution listed in "Accredited Journalism and Mass Communications Education, 1981-82" offers a scholastic journalism or secondary education sequence accredited by the American Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications, a study was conducted to examine the courses in the sequences that were offered at the institutions listed. The current undergraduate and graduate catalogs of 38 colleges and universities were studied, 8 more than the number of schools listing a secondary education or scholastic journalism sequence. Results showed that the 38 institutions offering journalism education programs were generally well staffed; with faculty size ranging from 1 to 42 full time persons, and with the average faculty consisting of 15 full time, 4 part time and 3 special or emeriti staff. The courses were combined into a journalism teaching minor or major for students who earn either a bachelor's degree in education with a major in journalism education or a bachelor's degree in journalism plus a teaching certificate. On the average, these sequences permit no wholesale enrollment in communications or journalism courses. The major observation on this analysis is that emphasis on the programs studied is on practical courses such as news writing, reporting, and editing--as opposed to historical, interpretative or analytical coursework. Only 30% of all sequences require study of journalism history. (HTH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism (65th, Athens, OH, July 25-28, 1982).