Convergence in journalism education: the learning experience of J-schools in the USA

N.Usha Rani (University of Mysore, India): Convergence in journalism education: the learning experience of J-schools in the USA

How relevant is the traditional journalism curriculum in preparing the students to meet new challenges posed by the emergence of new media? American schools of journalism have responded to the rapid changes in the media industry by reforming their curricula, but in the process, they may not have satisfied many media professionals. This paper examines the endeavours made by some of the American Schools of Journalism who have advocated alternative curriculum models in which the concept of convergence is central to the process of teaching and learning. The efforts of these ‘J-schools’ to embrace varying degrees of convergence reflects a fundamental shift in the functioning of professional newsrooms. Some of these programmes have modified the traditional curriculum, others have eliminated traditional courses, and others still have produced hybrid curricula. Most have looked towards industry to evolve models suitable to academia.

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