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The Sciences

The Journalism Void

Collide-a-ScapeBy Keith KloorJuly 20, 2009 10:35 PM


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I find it astonishing that J-schools out West are content to stand pat amid the newspaper industry's collapse. How is it possible that a noted environmental journalist from one recently shuttered paper can scrounge only $3,000 for his new investigative operation? The Rocky Mountain News and Seattle Post-Intelligencer are gone. Where are the innovative partnerships and initiatives that should be flowing out of J-schools? All you tenured faculty: are you MIA? As CJR notes:

With the loss of P-I, The Rocky Mountain News and countless other jobs across the region, the country's old frontier needs some new pioneers.

J-schools are the last remaining and best situated institutions to help launch these bare-bones, pioneering start-ups. But as far as I can tell, they're content to let everyone else do the heavy lifting.

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