News21 Shares Experience with J-Schools Around the Country

Journalism programs across the country are trying to find ways to ensure their students are equipped with the digital media skills and mindset that will help them succeed in a rapidly changing media world.  A new paper by News21 helps journalism schools better understand how to prepare their student to succeed in today’s news business.

When the Carnegie Corporation and John S. and James L. Knight Foundation launched the Carnegie Knight Initiative on the Future of Journalism Education in 2005, the goal was to revitalize journalism education — to demonstrate that journalism schools and journalism students have an important role to play in the future of news, that they are not just the caboose in the journalism train. Journalism schools – and their students — can be the engine of change.

News21 is a centerpiece of that initiative. An unprecedented program that brings together the nation’s leading journalism schools, News21 combines interdisciplinary, deep immersion in topic areas with intense, practical experiences during which students report, write and produce innovative multimedia projects. Those projects have been published in media outlets across the country and can be viewed at from the home page or from our category pages.

During the past four years the News21 experience has generated a number important lessons. Recreating the News21 Experience captures those lessons the hope that journalism schools around the country will introduce their own News21-like programs.