Build a better journalism school by teaching breaking news and beats

In the sixth part of his series on building a better journalism school, John Kroll suggests requiring students to select a particular topic — sports, business, etc. — and take a beat reporting class in that topic. It’s an “acknowledgment that while there are skills involved in beat reporting that apply across many topics … ‘Specialization’ was one of the factors working journalists cited when some professors asked them what schools should provide,” writes Kroll.

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