Members of the Wichita State University Elliott School of Communication Advisory Board have written a letter protesting the Kansas State Department of Education’s recent decision to cut off funding to high school journalism and yearbook courses. The letter says: “We take issue with the department’s reasoning that these programs don’t lead to high-demand careers”.
To be sure, there are not as many traditional news reporters working today as in the past. The budget knife has fallen on every newspaper, radio, and television newsroom. But there are many, many people trained in journalism who have pursued other closely-related fields … such as advertising, marketing, and public relations.
The letter says journalism is “a profession in transition”. Most newspeople I know are working in multi-media. I do local radio, a Kansas radio network reporting, television, and the internet.
I think our nation needs more trained journalists … not fewer … to do better reporting at every level. Internet blogs are filled with poorly-written, non-researched, non-factual nonsense.
I think the state ought to increase the funding for journalism.
Our thought for today is from Benjamin Bradlee:
“News is the first rough draft of history.”