Media development organizations have worked for many years directly with media industries to train journalists. Little of their effort has been focused on shaping the training these journalists receive before they are immersed in the media industries, which in many countries are weak and are not fertile ground for building journalism skills nor for upholding journalism standards. But top journalism schools have now reached a quality that suggests media development organizations should begin to work more directly with the best schools. Such partnerships could substantially contribute to better professional training that many of these schools want to offer.
Accompanying this paper by Self, former dean of the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Oklahoma, is a blog post for CIMA by another journalism educator, Craig LaMay of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, who writes about Northwestern’s journalism program in Qatar.