In 1990, Knight Foundation started a Knight Chair in Journalism program, saying 'The purpose of a Knight Chair is to strengthen American journalism education by bolstering core curricular values and encouraging innovation ' to improve standards and effectiveness ' to assure a large number of journalists in the next century experience quality training.'
Today, news professionals at 22 universities help Knight achieve that mission by teaching innovative classes to thousands of students, developing groundbreaking programs and centers, and speaking out for quality journalism values.
Recently 17 of these endowed, tenured Knight Chairs met in Austin, Texas to discuss the state of journalism education, and to answer the following questions:' 'Is journalism education rising to the challenges of the digital age?' and 'Should students be taught not just to inform, but also to engage communities?'
On whether journalism education is rising to the challenges of the digital age, Knight Chairs were divided.' Here are excerpts of some of their comments:
'Through greater collaborations with mainstream media and the new nonprofit investigative centers the academy will ensure that it stays current.' - Brant Houston, Illinois.
'Journalism educators need to do much more to educate students about the challenges of changing technology and economic models in the digital age.' ' Jim Detjen, Michigan.
'We must continue to be flexible and nimble while at the same time retaining the bedrock values that define journalism ' on any platform it appears.' - Malcolm Moran, Pennsylvania.
'The journalism landscape is much different than it was five years ago, but most journalism schools are not.' - Rich Beckman, Miami.
They also discussed whether students should be taught not just to inform communities, but to engage them.' Here are a couple of their thoughts:
'For the first time in the history of mass communication, the devices we use to receive the news are also able to distribute news, and to talk back. Passive audiences are increasingly being replaced by active networks of engaged people,' Rosental Alves, Texas.
'Journalists should not be removed from their communities, but learn how to be a vital part of them with journalistic purpose ' which is to find and share the information those communities, writ small or large, need to know and govern themselves.' ' Jacqui Banaszynski, Missouri.
The group was joined by guest speakers Dan Gillmor, author and director of Knight Center for Digital Media Entrepreneurship at Arizona State University, Evan Smith, Texas Tribune CEO and Editor, Roderick Hart, dean, UT Austin College of Communication, Glenn Frankel Director, University of Texas at Austin School of Journalism, Knight Foundation's CEO and President Alberto Ibarügen, and Senior Advisor to the President at Knight Eric Newton.
More about the Knight Chairs in Journalism can be found on this website on the following pages:
Knight Chair in Computer-Assisted Journalism at Arizona State University, Steve Doig
Knight Chair in Business Journalism at Columbia University, Sylvia Nasar
Knight Chair in Computational Journalism at Duke University, Sarah Cohen
Knight Chair for Journalism Student Enhancement at Florida A&M University, Joe Ritchie
Knight Chair in Scholastic Journalism at Kent State University, Mark Goodman
Knight Chair in Environmental Journalism at Michigan State University, Jim Detjen
Knight Chair in Digital Media Strategy at Northwestern University, Owen Youngman
Knight Chair in Sports Journalism and Society at Pennsylvania State University, Malcolm Moran
Knight Chair in Political Reporting at Syracuse University, Charlotte Grimes
Knight Chair in Science and Technology Reporting at University of California Berkeley, Michael Pollan
Knight Chair in Journalism Technologies and the Democratic Process at University of Florida,'Melinda McAdams
Knight Chair in Health and Medical Journalism at University of Georgia, Patricia Thomas
Knight Chair in Investigative and Enterprise Reporting at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Brant Houston
Knight Chair in News, Leadership and Community at University of Kansas, Pam Fine
Knight Chair in Public Affairs Journalism at University of Maryland, Haynes Johnson
Knight Chair in Visual Journalism at University of Miami, Rich Beckman
Knight Chair in Cross-Cultural Communication at University of Miami, Joseph Treaster
Knight Chair in Editing at University of Missouri at Columbia, Jacqui Banaszynski
Lee Hills Chair in Free-Press Studies at University of Missouri at Columbia, Amy McCombs
Knight Chair in Journalism and Digital Media Economics at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Penny Muse Abernathy
Knight Chair in Digital Advertising and Marketing at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, currently vacant - see'http://jobs.unc.edu/1002531
Knight Chair in Media and Religion at University of Southern California, Diane Winston
Knight Chair in International Journalism at University of Texas at Austin, Rosental Alves
Knight Chair in Journalism Ethics at Washington & Lee University, Edward Wasserman
Knight Professorship in Constitutional Law and First Amendment at Yale University, Jack Balkin.