The 182 member departments, schools and colleges of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication join the Carnegie-Knight deans in support of the findings and recommendations of the Federal Communications Commission’s Information Needs of Communities study.
ASJMC represents a range of programs charged with preparing the next generation of journalists, persuasive communicators and content producers. Our raw material is students from communities on both sides of the digital divide – young people from rural communities where the only broadband access might be a few computers in the public library as well as those who have grown up with a computer in their bedroom, an iPad in their backpack and a smartphone attached to their hand.
As noted by the Carnegie-Knight deans, the industries for which we prepare our students are undergoing revolutionary change brought on by the pervasiveness of digital applications. ASJMC members are well aware of the challenges these changes present for our curricula, our faculty, our students and our communities.
ASJMC joins the Carnegie-Knight deans in pledging to take action to meet the report’s call for increased involvement from journalism schools. We will continue to rework our curricula, retool our teaching spaces and challenge our students to produce high quality journalism and mass communications messages that take advantage of the growing range of digital tools while continuing to uphold the core principles of responsible journalism. We will also review all of the report’s recommendations with an eye to specific actions our members can implement to help address the challenges raised in the report.
Link to FCC Report: “The Information Needs of Communities: The Changing Media Landscape in a Broadband Age”
[Report available at http://www.fcc.gov/info-needs-communities]
Link to Carnegie-Knight Deans’ Statement:
[Statement available at http://www.asjmc.org/news]
by ASJMC membership
August 12, 2011 • St. Louis, Missouri