In Defense of Journalism Education

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Journalists can move into the business without formal journalism education, but is that good?

I have a degree in Journalism.  I am proud of that education, and the places it’s taken me.  I am also a rarity in journalism, I feel, as employers increasingly seem to value graduates with qualifications in political science, economics, perhaps history, and then maybe a graduate degree in Journalism. (or forgo it all together) Students are, sometimes jokingly, warned away from an undergraduate education in journalism or media studies because the craft of journalism is one honed, or not, through a career, and the basics can be picked up on the job.  No journalism degree is necessary, and in fact other specialties would be cherished more.

The debate over attending journalism school (J-School) is not new, and I feel the proponents for the degree are being outnumbered.  Journalism training Mecca, the Poynter Institute, recently aggregated four recent arguments against a journalism degree. I understand the profession is changing, and I understand technology is evolving at a pace faster than many media outlets can handle effectively, but there are certain basics picked up in the journalistic test-kitchen of a university which are disappearing by the lack of emphasis on a journalism education.  And the profession, public, and society are suffering because of it.

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UPDATE: Germans Take Flight

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Earlier this year KJZZ brought you a report on an airline pilot training school in Goodyear, where students with Germany’s airline Lufthansa earn their wings,

(Luft_Promo) Schreiber:  “That’s a big step for me right now, just I’m very excited now, and I can’t wait to fly solo.”

After 8 months in the Valley, students head back to Germany to complete their training and move closer to becoming airline pilots.  KJZZ’s Tony Ganzer caught up with some of the students who have returned Europe, and brings this report from Bremen.

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Germans Take Flight

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Phoenix is home to a number of notable aviation industry stalwarts, including the headquarters for airline U-S Airways, and one of the nation’s busiest airports with Phoenix Sky Harbor . And in Southwest Phoenix , German pilots are finding their wings.  From Phoenix station KJZZ Tony Ganzer takes a look at the European pilots in training, and what their methods could mean for airlines in the U-S.

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