Comments: Credit Where It's Due

If Bollinger really cared about journalism, he would have pushed for some kind of cohesive J program at Michigan as part of his vaunted "Master Plan." Remember, Michigan at one point had a School of Rhetoric that was totally devoted to journalism, but when I was there there were NO courses on basic journalism. Of course, enterprising folks like you and I got our experience at the Review (or the Daily).

It's clear Bollinger is just being a diplomatic politician.

Posted by Matthew S. Schwartz at March 26, 2005 10:05 PM

They really did kill it at Michigan, didn't they? Even when I was there they had news writing, although the lack of a journalism program meant the class was seen as an easy A.

Posted by Benjamin Kepple at March 27, 2005 01:32 AM

Yep, it's dead. There are no skills courses at Michigan, no courses designed to teach students how to become a journalist. However, there are many courses in the Communications department that let students analyze and think about the way news is gathered and reported in our society... but that really won't do students much good unless they want to end up in academia.

For the record, I would NEVER waste thousands of dollars on a graduate degree in journalism, and most reporters I knew felt the same way. Besides the outlandish cost, people can learn better and more quickly by experience.

Posted by Matthew S. Schwartz at March 27, 2005 09:02 PM