The Impact of a Converged Media Landscape on the Education of Young Journalists

By Anne McNeilly and Ann Rauhala.

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Ryerson University’s journalism school, one of Canada’s largest, has dramatically redesigned curricula to better prepare students to navigate a rapidly changing media landscape. The introduction during the past decade, especially the past four years, of new approaches in teaching journalism aims to address changes in information dissemination propelled by online and multimedia technology. The challenge is retaining and teaching core journalistic values/basics in a society that is increasingly dominated by social media, blogs, podcasts, and websites that can be updated within seconds-a development that requires journalists to possess greater mental agility than ever before. This paper will look at how the school’s curricular choices have addressed the changes that have swept the industry with tsunami-like speed, as well as the challenges of remaining relevant in this brave new digital world.

Keywords: Journalism, New Pedagogical Practices, Information Dissemination, Changing Media Landscape, Media Education, Convergence, Digital Technology, Newspapers

International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, Volume 11, Issue 5, pp.11-22. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 793.446KB).

Anne McNeilly

Assistant Professor, The School of Journalism, in The Faculty of Communication and Design, Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Anne McNeilly is a former newspaper reporter, copyeditor and editor, who is currently an assistant professor in the School of Journalism at Ryerson University, 350 Victoria St., Toronto, Ont. Her research interests include the scholarship of teaching and learning as it pertains to the field of journalism.

Ann Rauhala

Associate Professor, School of Journalism, Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Ann Rauhala, who received a Ryerson University award for teaching in fall, 2010, spent 16 years at The Globe and Mail, Canada’s National Newspaper, where she held a variety of positions including foreign editor, assignment editor, beat reporter and featured columnist. She also worked as a television journalist for the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. (CBC) making documentaries, and as a reporter/senior editor. She has trained professional journalists in a variety of settings, including online. The Lucky Ones, a collection of memoirs by families adopting from China, which she originated and edited, was named a Best Book of 2008 by Adoptive Families magazine.

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