Spring 1999

Educating Journalists

In asking young journalists to write about their experiences, what we wanted to provide was a forum in which they could express their views, concerns and ideas about the way in which journalism is practiced today. What we found as their articles arrived is that these young journalists raise questions that are relevant for seasoned journalists to ponder. As one correspondent writes: “I know in the future…I’ll take opportunities to listen to interns and recent college graduates who other folks in the newsroom might dismiss as starry-eyed idealists. I hope that listening to their perspectives will help me remember why I chose to become a journalist in the first place.” 

Voices and Experiences of Young Journalists
Introduction
By Melissa Ludtke, Editor
Stitching a Community Together With A Newspaper Staffed by Young Journalists
By Brandon Tubbs
Restoring a Sense of What It Means To Be a Journalist
By Robin Jones
When Mediocrity Beckons
By William Brent Cunningham
Falling in Love With Words and How Journalists Use Them
By Kathryn S. Wenner
Teaching Journalism by Adhering to Unchanging Standards
By Nancy Day
Using the Realities of the Newsroom To Train Journalists
By Helen Ubinas
On-Line Journalism: Frustrations Along the Road to the Future
By Stephen Borelli
Riding the Digital Wave Into Journalism
By Stephen D. Isaacs
Are Minorities Getting a Fair Shot At Journalism Jobs? (1 comment)
The Answer is “No”: Now What Can be Done?
By Carolyn Toll Oppenheim
The Education Beat: Dynamic Changes in How Schools Are Covered
Introduction
By Melissa Ludtke, Editor
Using Education Data to Build A Story’s Foundation
By Carol Napolitano
A Newspaper’s Report Cards Offer Revealing Insights into How Well Schools are Doing
By Neill A. Borowski and Connie Langland
Using Education Data Effectively
By Sarah Cohen
The Price of Hope: Investigating Disparities Among Rich and Poor Schools (1 comment)
By Ted Mellnik and Debbie Cenziper
The Learning Gap: Highlighting Teachers’ Competency (1 comment)
By Linda J. Johnson
A Dual-Track Approach to Tackling The Topic of Reading
Reporting the Story and Pitching in to Fix the Problem
By David Lauter
By Being There, a Reporter Captures a Rare View of Middle School
By Jolayne Houtz
International Journalism
Introduction
By Melissa Ludtke, Editor
Hong Kong’s Press
While Debate Rages About Media Ethics, Self-Censorship Quietly Thrives
By Peter Stein
When Numbers Talk, Journalists Help People Listen
By Brant Houston
International Journalists Use Internet Technology to Breach Borders
By Maud S. Beelman
If Birds Were Reporters, What Would Their Eyes Reveal?
By Christopher Simpson
Books
Introduction
By Melissa Ludtke, Editor
Unraveling the Mystery of Vanishing Foreign News
By Deborah Amos
Foreign Correspondents Transform Their Coverage Into Books
By Murray Seeger
What Difference Would It Make If Reporters Knew a War Crime When They Saw One?
By Roy Gutman
Can Business Reporting Become a Positive New Force In Foreign News Coverage?
By Orville Schell
The Culture of Secrecy: Can It Be Cracked Open?
By Athan G. Theoharis
Race Intrudes on a Newspaperman’s Career
By Joseph Williams
A Desire to Tell People What They Ought to Know
By Ray Scherer
Golf Offers a Window on Our Changing World
By Tom Witosky
Curator’s Corner
Competing with Cyberspace: The Key is Reliability
By Bill Kovach
Nieman Notes
The Nieman Network Works in Wondrous Ways
By Chris Bowman
A Photographer Unites Generations With His Camera
By Steven Rubin