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Media Finally Scores Academia

At Accuracy in Academia and our big sister group Accuracy in Media [1] we endeavor to give both of those institutions constructive criticism. Ergo, it amuses us to see them turn on each other.

Usually, reporters speed-dial their favorite tenured professors when they want a learned sound bite. Professors, in turn, hector their students to read the New York Times.

Completing the symbiotic relationship, journalism schools train journalists. Thus, the powers-that-be at the Poynter Institute [2] must have reacted with shock and awe when they found out how little assignment editors thought of that training:

The quotes they collected from both sides give some idea of the disconnect between classroom and newsroom:

Twenty years ago, Michael Lewis [3] did a devastating critique of, arguably, the most famous journalism training program in the U. S.—at Columbia University entitled, “J-School Ate My Brain.” Apparently j-schools are still gorging.


Malcolm A. Kline is the Executive Director of Accuracy in Academia.
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