Is Journalism and Communication Education in Crisis?

Scarlet TSO
Hang Seng Management College, Hong Kong
scarlettso@hsmc.edu.hk

Fred LUK
Hang Seng Management College, Hong Kong
fredluk@hsmc.edu.hk

Abstract

If technological innovations are the engines of globalization, then communications technology is the fuel that drives them. Besides making global finance and internet commerce possible, advances in communications technology have also transformed the media landscape in some fundamental and significant ways. Digital distribution of news and information has undermined the status quo of the media industry and disrupted the business model that has served the industry for over a century.

The media landscape started to change some 20 years ago and the industry has been slow to adapt to the digital world. The big question is not whether the media industry will survive but what form it will take in the future.

The future of journalism and journalism education is intimately linked to the future of the media industry. The biggest challenge of journalism education is how to prepare students for careers in an industry that is still in transition.

The role of journalism education has always been a passive one and based on an industry model which focuses on training students for jobs in the media industry. The media industry is transforming and journalism education is itself at an inflection point.

The purpose of this paper is to systematically examine the impact of globalization on the media landscape and its effects on the media industry and journalism education. With a good understanding of the media landscape ahead we will be in a better position not only to adapt but to help shape the future of journalism and journalism education.

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