Foundations call for 'teaching hospital' model at journalism schools

The Ethics and Excellence Foundation, based in Oklahoma City, is one of several organizations urging journalism schools to bring in more top professionals in residence and to focus on technology and innovation in the field.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: August 2, 2012 at 7:20 pm •  Published: August 3, 2012
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Journalism and communications schools should model their educational programming after that of the medical field, according to a group of journalism foundations that support colleges and universities.

In an open letter to university presidents, representatives from several foundations that make grants to journalism education and innovation called for new models that blend practice with scholarship, with more top professionals in residence and a focus on applied research.

“In this new digital age, we believe the ‘teaching hospital' model offers great potential,” as scholars help practitioners invent viable forms of digital news that communities need, the letter states.

Signers included representatives from the Knight Foundation, the McCormick Foundation, the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, the Scripps-Howard Foundation, the Brett Family Foundation and the Wyncotte Foundation.

The funders said they would support efforts by The Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications to modernize standards, including the integration of technology and innovation into curricula, and would not support institutions unwilling to change.

The Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation is based in Oklahoma City.