As Inside Higher Ed reports, those changes are being criticized.
Shelling out thousands of dollars for a master’s degree in journalism may seem illogical in 2013, as newsrooms continue to shrink at alarming rates. There are now less than 40,000 full-time professional employees working in newspaper newsrooms nationwide, compared to a peak of 56,900 in 1989, according to Pew’s 2013 State of the Media report. It’s the lowest number since 1978.
In one attempt to respond, the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism will do away with its two-year M.A. degree in journalism and replace it with a nine-month M.S. program beginning in 2014, the university announced this month. The new program coincides with the fall 2014 scheduled opening of the new Wallis Annenberg Hall — which will house a “digitally converged newsroom” where students can complete broadcast, print and online journalism projects in one space. The newsroom, as well as the pace and focus of the new program, will try to better-prepare students to work in a rapidly changing media landscape. …
USC’s journalism school is not the only one feeling the pressure to adjust.
After making significant changes to its programs in the past decade, Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism is once again shifting its curriculum. Starting in the 2013-14 academic school year, students who apply to the 10-month M.S. program will not be asked to choose a single concentration, such as broadcast, newspaper, digital, or magazine — as they had to in the past.
“The choice that you made had a very significant impact on what courses you were and were not allowed to take when you got here,” said Bill Grueskin who is the dean of academic affairs at Columbia’s School of Journalism. “Many of us felt that a lot of the concentrations that made a lot of sense a few years ago don’t make a lot of sense now.”