By Sonya F. Duhé, Loyola University New Orleans
Do YOU hire interns in your newsroom? Do university researchers work with YOU to better understand your audience? Do members of YOUR team teach in journalism programs in your city? Are there partnerships with universities that YOU might forge to help YOU and your newsroom stay ahead of your competition?
These questions are part of a nationwide survey we are asking YOU to answer to determine the state of partnerships between RTDNA members and journalism programs across the country. To respond to the survey, click here and complete the survey no later than July 7. It will take only a few minutes.
The results from the survey will be presented during a panel – “Closing the Gap: A Candid Conversation among Journalism Professors and Professionals” – at September’s Excellence in Journalism conference in Anaheim.
It’s all part of a major initiative by the president of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. “The need for a symbiosis between media professionals and media educators has never been more urgent,” said AEJMC President Paul Voakes, who is also a journalism professor at Colorado.
“The recent political atmosphere has further complicated the business and technological challenges to standard journalism practices facing the news industry and higher education,” Voakes said. “News organizations need a well prepared entry-level workforce in addition to current, relevant research about journalism trends. Educators need assistance in developing curricula and training to prepare students to succeed in the rapidly changing and highly competitive work environment.”
This survey is part of several recommendations by an AEJMC presidential task force to bridge the gap between media professionals and higher education. Results from the survey will be used to develop a guide to best practices and recommendations for partnerships.
“Closing the Gap” panelists at the EIJ conference will also share an action plan to forge partnerships as well as proposals to connect campus media with local news media to help bolster local news coverage and present new ways to share research on journalism trends in more timely and more accessible formats.
If you have questions about the survey, contact Sonya Forte Duhé, task force member and President-elect of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication (asjmc.org), at firstname.lastname@example.org or 504-865-3450. Sonya also serves as an ex-officio member of the RTDNA Board of Directors, representing the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (aejmc.org).