Stephens College President Dianne Lynch has been commissioned by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to take an in-depth look at the future of journalism education.
This summer, she will travel the country interviewing those at the helm of both traditional media outlets, such as the Washington Post, as well as those involved in new journalism models. She pointed to the increasing number of online news sources that rely on grants rather than advertising revenue in order to ensure complete autonomy and to ensure that investigative reporters have the tools they need to provide in-depth information on trends and issues. In many cases, she noted, seasoned journalists are leaving traditional newsrooms to join these new types of media outlets.
Lynch is also working with journalism deans and professors, surveying them on how they envision journalism in the year 2025. She stressed that the white paper is not a formal research project as much as a collection of the best thinking of a wide spectrum of academic and news professionals.
“This is about collecting the biggest and best ideas out there—models to better understand what journalists need to be and do in 2025,” she said, noting that many students entering college this fall will graduate in 2020.
Prior to taking the helm at Stephens, Lynch was dean of the Roy H. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College, and she has an extensive background in journalism and new media technologies. She studied the credibility of online news in the early years of the World Wide Web and is considered an expert on the news habits of digital natives—those who’ve grown up with the Internet. She’s also served as a member of the national Journalism Advisory Council for the Knight Foundation.
She will present initial findings at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication's annual conference in Montreal in August.
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