Journalism and communications schools are at a crossroads. The old ways of teaching are being questioned and new forms of decentralized, online teaching are being tried at various schools. While journalists might not require the certification of doctors or therapists, their skill set is being pushed beyond the traditional “print,” “broadcast,” “PR” monikers and into multimedia, web design, programming and much more. So what’s the best way for people to acquire journalism skills? Are the schools still the best place for that? Does online learning help bridge the gap? Can mentoring and experience alone prepare someone for a career (or hobby) as a journalist? Or can watching old movies do the trick? Vote in our poll and share your extended thoughts in the comments. Check out our entire “Back to J-School Series” and listen to a terrific discussion on this topic on this week’s podcast.

 

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