Who covers your state legislature? A disturbing report from Pew Research, if you care about democracy

Who covers your state legislature? A disturbing report from Pew Research, if you care about democracy

It's well-known that digital disruption has wrecked havoc on the nation's newsrooms. What's less documented is how that disruption has played out on specific types of news and in specific geographic areas. Pew Research Center has analyzed number of full-time reporters covering state politics in every state. Using population as the relational variable, they've identified which states have a high reporter/population ratio and which have a low one. And although absolute numbers are illustrative, these findings may be more disturbing: Less than a third of U.S. newspapers assign any kind of reporter—full time or part time—to the statehouse... Fully 86% of local TV news stations do not assign even one reporter—full time or part time—to the statehouse... About one-in-six (16%) of all the reporters in statehouses work for nontraditional outlets, such as digital-only sites and nonprofit organizations... Students account for 14% (223 in all) of the overall statehouse reporting corps...…continue reading →

The First College Journalism Students

Paper submitted to be considered for presentation at the national convention of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, History Division, Washington, D.C., 9-12 August 1995. THE FIRST COLLEGE JOURNALISM STUDENTS: ANSWERING ROBERT E. LEE'S OFFER OF A HIGHER EDUCATION by Joseph A. Mirando, Ph.D. Southeastern Louisiana University Hammond, LA 70402 office: (504)549-3374 fax: (504)549-5014 Readable copy made from listserv entry. …continue reading →
Carnival of Journalism: What is the role of a liberal arts education?

Carnival of Journalism: What is the role of a liberal arts education?

Specifically, what is the role of journalism education? The Carnival of Journalism is back (oh, yeah!) and student media is this month's topic. At the Online News Association meeting last month, journalism education was a hot topic, with the "teaching hospital model" coming under fire. I think the issues are much much bigger than journalism. Even bigger than the "future of higher ed in a digital age" meme. Did you know that Washington and Lee University in Lexington, VA (then Washington College) admitted students to the country's first journalism program in 1869? Probably not, since journalism history seems to start with the University of Missouri School of Journalism, founded in 1908 as "the world's first school of journalism," or Joseph Pulitzer's endowment at Columbia University (1912). However, by the mid-19th century, higher ed in the United States was morphing from its British roots to a German model where "the university was viewed as a laboratory designed to…continue reading →