Friends, Students, Colleagues, Fellow Educators —

The question in the headline is one we’re examining here at UMass and as we go about gathering information, we were curious to hear what folks had to say. We’re certainly not the first to visit this issue. It’s becoming the hot topic as many universities examine how to expand their program.

Many have explored the issue:

* OJR’s Larry Pryor wrote about this in 2006.

* Two summits of journalism educators in California were held in 2005 and 2007 on the theme Rethinking Journalism Education. There’s even a podcast from that most recent event.

* A quick Google search shows countless resources, including this site maintained by Jim Stovall at the University of Tennessee and, of course, the blog run by Mindy McAdams at the University of Florida.

So, please join our discussion and weigh in with thoughts!