How to Build a Better Journalism School

From a story on by Barbara Allen headlined “How to build a better j-school”:

Blow up the faculty model

Maryn McKenna, senior writer at WIRED and part-time faculty at Emory University

Speaking as a several-time adjunct, now part-time faculty: I would blow up the faculty model for most instruction that takes place in journalism schools. To be tenured for life is fantastic for a professor; to be taught by someone who was last in a newsroom 30 years ago is absurd to ask students to accept. I would replace tenured faculty in any craft-focused class (writing, interviewing, visual, socials, business practices, data analysis, etc.) with rotating casts of working journalists recruited for terms of no more than two years. Students deserve to learn from people who have recent experience in the markets the students are about to enter.