Should journalism be part of general education?

Should journalism basics be part of general education?

Poynter is examining the public’s increasing role in news coverage as traditional media numbers decline and smartphone technology becomes more ubiquitous.

“The increasing power of cellphones coincided with the decreasing presence of reporters,” Michael Bugeja writes, citing figures from Knight Chair in Journalism and Digital Media Economics Penny Abernathy’s latest report “News Deserts And Ghost Newspapers: Will Local News Survive?”

“Without a robust news industry monitoring government and investigating the corporate elite, our only hope may be in the hands of the people, literally and figuratively,” Bugeja writes.

Read the full piece, in which Bugeja argues for journalism to be part of universities’ general education requirements.