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Reader: CU regents didn't vote to kill journalism education when they set end date for J-school

Bruce Benson.
Our post last week about University of Colorado at Boulder regents voting to shutter the CU journalism school on June 30 featured comments from assorted dissenters.

But rather than bashing university president Bruce Benson and other closure advocates, a CU insider casts the move in a more positive light.

Steve Outing writes:

The amount of hysteria and misinformation floating around about the Regents' decision is stunning. (I work for the School, directing its Digital Media Test Kitchen program.) Big-university reorganizations are ugly and not always clear to the outside world, and that's the case here. What we're going through, as our (soon to be ex-) dean has said, is the beginning of transforming journalism education at CU to a higher level more in tune with the digitally transformed world we live in. The process also builds toward a much more interdisciplinary future for journalism education at CU; that's something I wholeheartedly support.

I wish we could snap our fingers and have that be reality tomorrow, but that's not possible, because bringing the pieces together is no simple task. Nor is it possible for me or anyone else working at the J School to explain exactly what the future program or structure (dubbed "Information, Communication, Media & Technology," though it's unclear if that will be the final name) will turn out to be. But all the parties involved are working on bettering journalism education at Boulder, not undermining it or planning to kill it.

If you just read the headlines, you'll probably think that the Regents have decided to kill journalism education at CU-Boulder. That's simply not the case.

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Journalism is the practice of gathering and delivering information, digital technologies are *mechanisms* for delivering that information. A journalist is a journalist no matter what the medium: print, radio, television, or, yes, digital technologies such as this very blog. I think CU could have integrated digital technologies into their curriculum without eliminating the J-school.

You wouldn't close a culinary school just because they invented microwave ovens, why close a J-school because someone invented FaceBlogTweeting?

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