As the world of journalism changes, shouldn’t the way journalists learn the trade change as well? That’s what Colorado University claims as it considers shutting down its School of Journalism and Mass Communication and installing a school of information.
Of course, the changes have something to do with the economic environment as well, but Colorado officials have begun to review the school’s “discontinuance” policy and started an exploratory committee investigating a possible implementation of a school that focuses on information, communication and technology, according to the Daily Camera.
Currently Colorado’s journalism school has 647 undergraduates, 58 master’s students and 26 doctoral students, which will all be allowed to graduate under the old program. A possible new school focused on information could open as early as 2012.
The journalism school is also accepting of this change. “The faculty is ready to embrace this,” said the dean of the journalism school Paul Voakes to the Daily Camera.
More and more of these information schools have begun to pop up across the country from the University of Cal-Berkeley to Rutgers.
“News and communications transmission as well as the role of the press and journalism in a democratic society are changing at a tremendous pace,” said Chancellor Phil DiStefano in a press release. “We must change with it.”
Personally, the change seems logical to me. But since everything these days is about content, can we call the program the School of Content? It seems more appropriate and to the point.