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Dan Gillmor on the future of journalism education

This is a bit of an aside from medicine, but I think it's relevant to what we do on Scope. Yesterday Dan Gillmor, author of We The Media, wrote a great post elaborating on what he would do if he ran a journalism school. Among his goals:

Teach students not just the basics of digital media but also the value of data and programming to their future work. This doesn’t necessarily mean that they need to become programmers; but they absolutely need to know how to communicate with programmers. We’d also encourage computer science undergraduates to become journalism graduate students, so they can help create tomorrow’s media.

As a "communicator" who spends half of his week working with Web developers, I simply want to say that I couldn't agree more. Being conversant in the mechanisms by which digital media are created is absolutely essential to a career in journalism today.

Via Boing Boing

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