Schools: More Life, Less Trade

U.S. journalism schools are improving these days because they are teaching less journalism. At both graduate and undergraduate levels, the schools are stressing the liberal arts and down playing the techniques of the trade. In most undergraduate schools, only 25% of the course requirements are in actual journalism, and that percentage is decreasing even further at some schools. "The four years of college," says Robert Beyers of Stanford University, "is such a short time to acquire an education that it should not be devoted to learning skills which can easily be acquired outside the classroom."

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