Student Insights into the Saving Community Journalism Project
Q. What are the benefits of sending students into the community to work side by side with publishers and editors of small news organizations?
More than 200 students contributed to the research and reporting included in the book, Saving Community Journalism, and this instructional site. They brought the classroom to the profession and both parties benefited. The publishers and editors gained valuable insights and assistance from tomorrow’s journalists and media executives. In return, students were able to work side-by-side with editors and publishers, not only creating a strategy, but also observing first-hand how it was implemented.
Most of the students who were involved in the project were enrolled in an upper-level seminar class titled “Leadership in a Time of Change.” Several contributed articles or examples of proposed Web designs that are either incorporated into the book or this site.
In addition to traditional journalism majors, “Leadership in a Time of Change” has attracted a variety of students in other disciplines, including graduate students pursuing a Masters of Business Administration or a PhD in Mass Communication, as well as senior-level Army officers on a year-long fellowship studying organizational behavior. The course combines in-field experience advising news organizations with class readings and discussion of recent texts related to the issues surrounding leadership of organizations in the throes of “creative destruction.” To obtain a recent syllabus, click here.
At the end of the semester, students are asked to describe what they have learned. Most reflect on the very difficult, but noble, task of leading change during a time of significant disruption in news organizations. Here’s a sampling.
Masters of Business Administration student
Masters student and founder of a nonprofit news site