On 19 June, Paris' Sciences Po École de journalisme played host to a selection of the world's leading journalism educators (Chile, China, Denmark, Jordan, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, UK and the USA) who were invited to discuss the "Challenges and Evolution of Journalism Education."
Opening the conference, Bruno Patino, dean of the Sciences PO School of Journalism, said: "The only thing certain is uncertainty," in reference to the news industry, which has seen advertising revenue across developed countries plummet in the wake of the economic crisis and the growing influence of the Internet.
Reinventing the journalism curriculum
In his keynote speech, Nicholas Lemann (right), dean at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, however, recognised the potential of the Web: "The Internet is the greatest thing that ever happened to journalism schools." Lemann was also keen to make the distinction between the journalism industry and journalism schools, many of which have witnessed a rise in applications, despite the problems plaguing the industry, he said: "Journalism schools are dependent on economic stability, which is not the same as profitability."