J-Schools Reboot for Next-Generation Needs

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By: Meg Heckman | NetNewsCheck

Those summer interns who just arrived in newsrooms across the nation may be enrolled in journalism schools, but the schools likely little resemble the j-schools their supervisors attended.

Journalism education — much like journalism itself — is in the middle of a massive reboot, one with the potential to redefine how news is produced and consumed in the decades to come. Students still learn the basics, but computer coding and entrepreneurship often are taught alongside copy editing and beat reporting. Digital is the default, and the most innovative schools are churning out students with skills newsrooms may not yet know how to use.

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