In an open letter to America’s university presidents, The Knight Foundation and representatives from other journalism grant providers said that many journalism schools are not up to date and called on universities to recreate themselves in order to succeed.
From the letter:
Journalism funders agree that academia must be leading instead of resisting the reform effort. Deans must find ways for their schools to evolve, rather than maintain the status quo. Simply put, universities must become forceful partners in revitalizing an industry at the very core of democracy.
We also agree universities should make these changes for the betterment of students and society. Schools that favor the status quo, and thus fall behind in the digital transition, risk becoming irrelevant to both private funders and, more importantly, the students they seek to serve.
The letter was signed by Eric Newton, senior adviser of the Knight Foundation; Clark Bell, journalism program director at McCrmick Foundation; Bob Ross, president and CEO of the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation; Mike Philipps, president and CEO of the Scripps Howard Foundation; Linda Shoemaker, president of the Brett Family Foundation; and David Haas, chair of the Wyncote Foundation.
What they all have in common? They represent organizations that give grants to journalism education, and in the letter they warn that schools that do not update their curriculum will “find it difficult to raise money from foundations interested in the future of news.” A threat?