Jay Rosen of course is exploring what he calls the studio approach to J-school.
I think like everything else in the age of the Internet, J-school gets distributed and decentralized. The gatekeepers in all disciplines are routed-around. The principles of journalism are central to the decentralization, if you can stand that much irony in one phrase!
In the future everyone can be a journalist, and the people who will be most valuable are those who are experts in areas outside journalism. That means, to me, that everyone should get a basic journalism education, in the same way it’s a good idea for us to take a semester of math, English lit, chemistry or physics.
When I was in college it was thought that everyone should get a semester of computer programming. If it weren’t for that thought (it wasn’t quite a requirement in the 70s) I would never have given programming a try, because I didn’t think I had an aptitude for it. It was a good thing I did.
I am a radical on this subject — I think everyone should have a basic education in journalism, at least one semester. We need people to understand the basic practices: How to do an interview, the structure of a news report, what does integrity mean and why it’s so important. What should we expect as consumers? Or are we users now? Audience? Participants? How to write up a bad experience with a company. With the government. With the university you attend.