As ‘Rolling Stone’ Debacle Shows, Journalism Schools’ Mission Has Never Been More Important

by: R.B. Brenner | The Dallas Morning News

My student’s email arrived with an eye-catching subject line: lucky 7.


It was shorthand for the seventh revision of a story she had written in an advanced journalism course. The class, at the University of Texas at Austin, is designed to immerse students in the realities of a professional newsroom. One of the most essential realities is this: A reporter’s work benefits from careful editing, obsessive fact-checking and vigilance against blind spots or knowledge gaps.

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