J-School Grads With Skills You Can Use?

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By Betsy Rothstein Comment

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To those who think journalism may be going down the drain, the Knight Foundation has a ray of hope and a plan to educate students so they have the skills newsrooms need when they graduate.

Is this really possible?

According to the Knight Foundation, thousands of J-school grads enter newsrooms each year. But only 26 percent say their new hires came with the skills they need to succeed.

To assist in finding a cure to this workplace malady, the Knight Foundation is launching a new digital book. Searchlights and Sunglasses: Field Notes From the Digital Age of Journalism looks at the major challenges facing the industry, and doubles as a teaching tool. The book, by Knight Foundation Senior Advisor Eric Newton, offers 1,000 lesson plans and resources for classroom use.

In addition, three other leading funders are announcing a $1 million challenge fund for journalism schools to experiment with the teaching hospital model, pairing professionals with students.

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