The panel on millennials, from left: Justin A. Petty, Roxbury (Mass.) Community College; B.J. Roche, University of Massachusetts-Amherst; Maureen Boyle, Stonehill College, Easton, Mass.; Fred Bayles, Boston University; Amy Callahan, Northern Essex Community College, Haverhill, Mass.
not be dying, but they are undergoing major changes.
Because in today’s digital-first newsrooms, “the jobs are changing, and so are the job titles, but they’re still using journalistic techniques,” said Maureen Boyle, director of the journalism program at Stonehill College in Easton, Mass.
A key theme of the
discussion was what Boyle said was a “newspaper’s obligation
to train new journalists” through internships. One of the issues
with hiring younger journalists is their lack of experience, and some
of the panelists think that paid internships are the solution.
At Roxbury Community College, “students are required to take journalism, and (the program) is hands-on oriented,” Justin A. Petty, professor and department chair of broadcast media technology, said.
Petty said the program caters to the “techie” students, focusing on broadcast journalism and multiplatform journalism that combines text, audio and video, and social media.
Fred Bayles, an associate professor of journalism at Boston University, sees the values in the new technology available to students, but stressed the importance of returning to the basics of the journalism education.
“The fear I have now is that we have to be careful not to forsake the basic of content and the basics of how you work and how you convey a story,” Bayles said.
as well as newsrooms and students, needs to adapt to the changing times,
But, Callahan said,
the news industry should know that journalism schools and programs benefit
from hearing from these brash young men and women.
Panelist Fred Bayles, at right in top photo, makes a point to the audience at the panel discussion on training the millennial generation of reporters.
‘The folks that are teaching journalism have limited or distinguished careers that go back many years, and they have presumptions that don’t exist anymore. There should be a requirement that the professors of journalism visit newsrooms once a year and spend a lot more time with (young people) to see what their needs are.’
Sarah Keneipp is an undergraduate student in the Northeastern University School of Journalism.
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