Technology disrupted the traditional news business. Now one university is using technology to disrupt journalism education, and unleash tech-savvy young journalists into the news business.
Students at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University are embracing cutting-edge technology such as virtual reality and 360 video. At a recent Innovation Day, students were encouraged to experiment with drones and robots, all with a target of figuring out how to incorporate these high-tech tools into newsgathering and storytelling.
Retha Hill, an original editor at WashingtonPost.com and head of BET Digital, is now director of ASU’s New Media Innovation and Entrepreneurship Lab. She described corporate partnerships that give students the opportunity to exercise entrepreneurial skills in a journalism environment.
Cronkite Dean Christopher Callahan refers to the ASU method as a “teaching hospital” concept, an immersive learning experience that incorporates traditional journalism values and best practices. The payoff? Callahan said every Cronkite graduate finds a job – no small feat in today’s environment.