Posted by Stephanie Gaub
The Southern Institute of Technology has just announced that it’s dropping its journalism program after 16 years, saying it is unlikely that the program will ever return to their campus. SIT is one of many schools experiencing declining interest in the field of journalism.
According to a study done by the University of Georgia in 2014, enrollment at Columbia College Chicago and Indiana University-Bloomington has been falling in recent years as well.
Kaua‘i Community College in Hawaii announced today that it will be shutting down it’s student newspaper at the end of this semester, after more than 30 years of production.
With so many schools struggling we are faced with a difficult question. What is the future of college journalism programs?
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I went through customs in Rome after studying five weeks in Morocco. The customs officer asked me a lot of questions. I told her I lived with a host family. She asked me if they helped me pack. She asked me if they could have put anything in my suitcase.
She asked me if they put a bomb in my bag. Continue reading
Posted by Morgan DeBoest
Maybe you’ve heard of net neutrality. It’s probably come up on the news or in class, but you’ve never given it much thought. Common Cause‘s definition of net neutrality is “the principle that Internet users should be able to access any web content they choose and use any applications they choose, without restrictions or limitations imposed by their Internet service provider.”
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So what does this mean? We are all able to use the Internet on our computers, phones, and tablets for as long as we can remember without giving the reason we can do that much thought. The freedom of expression and innovation has been widely available because Internet users haven’t been overly regulated by Internet providers. Net neutrality has been law since 2010 (when the FCC adopted it), but recently it’s been spun into a bit of a controversy.
Posted by Morgan DeBoest
It’s a widely accepted fact that Netflix is a beautiful thing. Have you ever wished you could have the convenience of a subscription movie service in other aspects of your life? That’s now a reality in the literary world thanks to Scribd (check out what they’re saying on Twitter here).
Scribd, you say? Yes, you may or may not use the largest library of e-books already. Scribd is about to launch a “full-fledged subscription service for e-books and other written works,” according to Mashable. Many e-book companies have been vying to be the first to offer this sort of subscription book service–one of these is Oyster, an iPhone and iPod touch-friendly app boasting over 100,000 titles for $9.95 per month. Scribd is unveiling what will hopefully end up becoming a mainstream commodity–over 25 million ebooks and documents at just $8.99 per month. Continue reading
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Posted by Malinda Jorgensen
Last week I read an online Des Moines Register article about a lawsuit against Drake University Law School. The article was about a lady who was training a service dog, and she filed a lawsuit against Drake University Law School. This person felt like Drake University officials created a hostile learning environment when she brought in her service dog that she was training to her classes.
As I read the article, I began to think that the article seemed to favor one side of the issue-the service dog’s side. All the quotes are by people who are supporting the lady’s cause of shining a spotlight on the issues that people with service dogs face. I had to wonder what was Drake’s side of the issue, because pretty much nowhere in the article someone from Drake says something about the case. No “Drake University has declined to comment” either. The quotes leave me questioning my education of quotes from J54. I thought we were supposed to get a variety of quotes from a variety of people? Anyhow, this article is not a good example of variety of quotes.
The article also did not include all the details that I wanted it to include, so it left me with questions. I know not every article have all the details, but there are a few important details that the Des Moines Register article should have included. Here are the few questions it created: