ERIC Number: ED416738
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
Minority Students in Journalism. Recruiting, Retaining, Graduating: Lessons from Six Experimental Programs.
Lowenstein, Ralph L.
This report describes the implementation and results of six university programs, funded by the Knight Foundation, to recruit and retain students from underrepresented minority groups in the field of journalism. It reviews the objectives, background, implementation, and results of continuing programs at Florida A&M University, the University of Florida, the University of Missouri, the University of North Dakota, San Francisco State University (California), and Wayne State University (Michigan). It then examines the lessons learned from such programs, including effective recruiting strategies (emphasizing a personal approach, larger scholarships, profile selection, newsletters, summer programs, parent involvement, and recruiting on campus) and retention strategies (emphasizing an open door policy, tracking, emergency aid, support networks, job fairs, and internships). The report goes on to describe how universities and the media industry can help support effective minority journalism programs, and concludes that journalism programs must emphasize quality and professionalism in their programs and students to successfully recruit, retain, and place minority graduates. An appendix provides contact information for the six programs and two student search agencies. (MDM)
Descriptors: College Programs, College Role, Educational Strategies, Higher Education, Journalism, Journalism Education, Minority Groups, Program Descriptions, School Business Relationship, School Holding Power, Student Recruitment
John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, One Biscayne Tower, Suite 3800, 2 South Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33131-1803; phone: 305-908-2600 (free); e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Miami, FL.