Thursday, February 17, 2011

Dream On

A Lost Dream?

“Historically, journalism safeguarded [the American] dream, beginning with the John Peter Zenger case (1735), elevating truth over authority and eventually inspiring public education. Journalist-statesman Benjamin Franklin founded the University of Pennsylvania on that notion. John Jay, first Supreme Court justice, believed an informed electorate required access to education ‘at a cheap and easy rate.’ Thomas Jefferson preferred newspapers over government with one stipulation — that people were ‘capable of reading.’ In the Internet era, journalism seems divorced from its historic, educational past.”

—Michael Bugeja, director, Greenlee School of Journalism, Iowa State University,
Stewart, Assange and Journalism Education,”
Inside Higher Education,
Jan. 18, 2011

Editorial Comment: Education? Just “degrees to nowhere,” says Utah senator. You want fries with that?

• TODAY!!!! Mandalit del Barco, National Public Radio West Coast correspondent, comes to USU today to deliver a Morris Media & Society Lecture: "Haiti, Hemp & Hollywood: Stories of our times." Eccles Conference Center Auditorium, USU campus. Noon-1:30 p.m.

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• Agricultural Communication/Journalism Faculty Wanted! The joint program in Agricultural Communication & Journalism at Utah State University seeks candidates for a full-time, tenure-track assistant professor. See the posting at USU’s HR site here or email for details. Review begins in March. Start date: August 2011.

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