Profs in newsrooms proves valuable p.24

By: Ken Liebeskind Journalism professors are sometimes criticized for being too academic and unfamiliar with the workings of the newsroom.
To solve this problem, the American Society of Newspaper Editors (ASNE) sends journalism professors into the newsroom every summer.
Since 1995, supported by funding from the Knight Foundation, ASNE has sent more than 90 J-school professors to major newspapers for six-week residency programs. The professors get plenty of hands-on experience as reporters, editors, graphic artists, designers, and photographers and learn some of the latest newspaper techniques.
Professors have participated in the program at The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Sacramento (Calif.) Bee, The Miami Herald, and many other papers.
Shirley Staples Carter, department chair at the department of mass communications and journalism at Norfolk State University in Virginia, who participated in the program in 1995, says she benefited from working at the copy desk and the business department at The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk.
"I hadn't been in the newsroom in 20 years, and as an educator I found it necessary to return to hone my skills and become more aware of how the industry is changing," says Carter.
At the Pilot, she learned about such innovations as how newsroom teams collaborate on stories. She says she's been able to work some of these ideas into the curriculum at Norfolk State.
Also, she says her participation in the program led to renewed cooperation between the school and the newspaper, with reporters coming to the school to work as adjunct professors and students going to the Pilot as interns.
The new center will have media classrooms, digital broadcast facilities and a public affairs forum for broadcasting debates.
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