‘7 things I never learned in journalism school (because I never went)’

Sharing a presentation she made at the Entrepreneurial Journalism Educators Summit at CUNY last week, Hearken’s Jennifer Brandel says she believes she was able to create a series like Curious City (which solicits questions from the public) precisely because she didn’t go to journalism school. Brandel says because she never went to journalism school, she never adopted values and worldviews that sometimes hold journalists back. Among those things Brandel never learned in journalism school: “News consumers or ‘the audience’ is comprised of ignorant, angry people,” “journalists are the only people who have smart questions that make for great stories,” and “the news should focus on the most morally suspect or the most successful people in society.”