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ERIC Number: ED380831
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Nov
Pages: 14
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Communicating on Different Non-Level Playing Fields: Mixing Journalism with Communication Studies and/or Electronic Media.
Medoff, Norman J.
Some college administrators have used the recession of the late 1980s and early 1990s to make program cuts that they have wanted to make all along for political or personal reasons. The mission statements of universities often are general enough to allow much interpretation and interpolation. If a statement calls for communication skills, administrators may see both written and oral skills as the domain of the English department--a staple in the liberal arts program. Among the hardest hit have been vocational programs like journalism, which at some universities has been either merged with communication departments or eliminated altogether. To combat the negative stigma of journalism programs, there are a number of things that scholars in that field can do. One method that has been successful in many schools has been the hybrid degree program that combines journalism courses, communication courses, and courses from a discipline outside the communication program. The advantages of these merged programs are obvious: first, to open a dialogue between journalism and other disciplines, especially those in the liberal arts; second, to share students with less popular programs like philosophy. Further when programs are actually merged into the same department, administrators should arrange office space and programs so as to encourage intermingling between faculty. Efforts must be made also to fully merge the curriculums. (TB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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