Monday, January 19, 2009

Northwestern offers journalism scholarships to computer whizzes

If you have computer skills and an interest in journalism, consider applying for a new full scholarship at Medill, the world-renowned graduate school of journalism at Northwestern University.

You don't need any journalism experience. Applications are being accepted now.

"We are offering full scholarships to Medill's master's program in journalism ... to people with computer programming skills," associate professor Rich Gordon told cyberjournalist.net. "The goal is, in essence, to try to create more Adrian Holovatys."

"We want students who already have tech skills to come to Medill, learn the culture, craft and mindset of journalists, and figure out interesting ways of connecting technology and journalism. As you know, there are many ways the industry and the academy have tried to teach tech skills to journalists -- the proposition here is that it would be interesting to see what happens if we teach journalism to tech types."

Scholarship winners can enroll at the Chicago area journalism school in January 2009, June 2009, September 2009 or January 2010, according to Medill's website. The scholarships were the result of a Knight News Challenge, which gave Medill more than $600,000 to create an academic program blending computer science and journalism, designed to fill a staffing void at many digital news sites.

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Thursday, September 25, 2008

Should you attend journalism school?

Journalism school is a big investment of time, money and energy. Before you make the commitment, you want to be 100 percent sure.

If you decide to go, carefully choose your journalism program. Find a program that’s strong in new media/multimedia journalism. Many journalism students are woefully prepared for the real world because their programs are not teaching them the latest skills they need. In addition, some programs are using very outdated equipment.

For more info, read "Is Journalism School for You?," the latest article in CubReporters.org's journalism career advice section.

-Mark Grabowski

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