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Participant list is incomplete. If you were in this session and you are not listed, please include your name and title. --Jessica Durkin

  • Jessica Durkin (moderator),, and Wiki notes poster;
  • Jacqui Banaszynski, Poynter contributor and Reynolds Journalism Institute instructor;
  • John Hamer, director Washington News Council;
  • Mike Fancher, ASNE, and retired Seattle Times executive editor;
  • Tim Gleason, dean, University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communications;
  • Lawrence Pintak, dean, Edward R. Murrow College of Communication, Washington State University;
  • reporter (don't have name) from;
  • Maureren Skowran, Albuquerque, N.M., Poynter contributor, JTM steward, etc.

The discussion was videotaped by CJ. Captured on iPhone.

Started the session with key question: Why are students applying for j-schools? With fewer traditional media jobs on the horizon, are journalism schools, especially the expensive ones, doing "educational malpractice," as has been referred? What are journalism schools teaching?

Notes -- Educators need to be incubators: Communicate in ways that enhance the public discourse. NIE of the future? Civics in journalism. Is their value in this a disappearing animal? Teams of students professionalize journalism. Needs: money; fitting new classes into the curriculum; emphasize the mind set, then the skill set. Students need to know: how to report, write, interview, and to be able to do those things quickly; have an area of expertise. J-schools need to teach the soul of journalism, not just journalism practices, but journalism underpinnings. There is a tension/debate at schools about how to prepare tomorrow's journalists. Should they be taught for the job market, or fundamental journalistic values about writing, critical thinking, storytelling, researching?

Other discussion -- A recent Ph.D graduate from the Missouri school talked about the frustration with the gap in communication theory and practice. Others seconded her comments. Someone brought up bringing back a Freedom Forum-type group, where news companies or other entities create a location for theorists apply theories to practice. There was lament about only writing for academic audiences in communications journals. One person proposed taking journalism faculty sabbaticals in newsrooms.