Date of Award

Spring 2011

Degree Name

Master of Liberal Studies (MLS)

Department

Communication Studies

Advisor

Dr. Art Morin

Abstract

The digitization of media organizations has brought about changes in both the organization and the practices of journalism, which have resulted in a change in how the news is made. Media convergence has required news organizations to combine online media, broadcast news, and print media to create news stories. This thesis will examine why convergence has become necessary for professional publications and how they are converging. The research includes original research gathered from surveying journalism schools to understand how colleges are preparing students for careers in the professional media. High school journalism programs were also surveyed to identify how high schools are preparing students for a future in journalism. Through the examination of the technology currently used by journalism schools and in high school journalism classes, this research shows the technological skills students have when they enter j-schools and explain the foundation that students should have before entering journalism programs. The digitization of media organizations has brought about changes in both the organization and the practices of journalism, which have resulted in a change in how the news is made. Media convergence has required news organizations to combine online media, broadcast news, and print media to create news stories. This thesis will examine why convergence has become necessary for professional publications and how they are converging. The research includes original research gathered from surveying journalism schools to understand how colleges are preparing students for careers in the professional media. High school journalism programs were also surveyed to identify how high schools are preparing students for a future in journalism. Through the examination of the technology currently used by journalism schools and in high school journalism classes, this research shows the technological skills students have when they enter j-schools and explain the foundation that students should have before entering journalism programs.

Rights

Copyright 2011 Kristine L. Dekat

Library Call Number

LD2652 .T5 L5 D453 2011

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