Today (June 4, 2012) I gave the keynote speech at the European Journalism Centre's 20th anniversary celebration in Maastricht, The Netherlands.
I raised some ideas around the difference between journalism education and training and a journalism degree. I also focused on what I see is the disruption of the educational system (or industry) by the same technology forces that turned the media industry upside down and inside out during the past 20 years. In addition, I reported on the results of a study of professionals and professors about how they see the value of a journalism degree.
What follows below is what I wrote for the speech, minus a few small pieces. Of course, I went off script a few times, but not to any major degree.
The Future of Journalism Education
By Howard Finberg
Director of Partnerships and Alliances, The Poynter Institute
Given 6.4.2012 to the European Journalism Centre conference on the future.
First, let me congratulate the European Journalism Centre on its 20th anniversary. I’m honored and thrilled to have been invited to give the keynote address this afternoon.
Two years ago, at the journalism session at the Amsterdam Picnic Conference, which was hosted by the EJC, I gave a presentation titled the “Future of Journalism.” It was a pretty lofty title for a 45-minute session. And because it was the last session, I stood in the way of the participants getting to the bar. I’m thankful I don’t have that challenge today.
Instead, I’m challenged to share my thoughts about the “Future of Journalism Education.”