Saturday, May 06, 2006

Online is journalism's destiny

Every little budding journalist at the University of Texas gets their class work published in the school's newsprint publication, The Texas Journalist. For some students this is the first time they've seen their work in print.

But not this year. No, this year if they want to see their work they're going to have to log on here because the school decided to go exclusively online. They wrote a special article to reassure all those doomed print majors that going online was a "matter of necessity rather than acceptance of print?s demise", but the rest of the article actually goes on to say that "publishers know the well soon will run dry". And who did they come to for help? That would be me, in the web publishing class, who used simple html in a style sheet to publish the publication.

This is the first time I've majorly seen the journalism school accept that online is our destiny, so it still boggles me why they aren't teaching every student multimedia skills. Frankly I'm glad they're not because it ups my chances of employment.

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Blogger Mindy McAdams said...

There are a couple hundred journalism students at UT Austin, yes? So I'd bet that the roadblock there is the same as ours at UF: We have neither space nor faculty to teach multimedia skills to every journalism major. Another factor is also relevant: A good number of journalism students do not intend to practice journalism when they graduate. If we could weed out those students, maybe we could offer multimedia training to the rest. But really, the only viable way to do it -- I think -- is offer multimedia skills courses as electives.

5/07/2006 10:33 AM  

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