Education: Fraud & Delusion

What do newspaper editors really think of journalism schools and their graduates? To find out, Dwight Young, editor of the Dayton (Ohio) Journal Herald and president of the American Society of Newspaper Editors, recently polled 54 of his U.S. colleagues. By last week he had 45 replies, almost all critical of the way journalism is taught. Typical quotes:

"In all but a few journalism schools the faculty consists largely of unsuccessful newspapermen ... At the worst [the schools] are a fraud, providing snap courses for lazy students; at the best they are a delusion, giving graduates a mistaken notion that they have...

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