There was a real refreshing discussion Tuesday night here in Denver at the Preconvention Workshop:  Journalism Schools as News Providers: Challenges and Opportunities.

There was a mix of hope and reality as educators and administrators spoke about the many possibilities journalism schools have in partnering with news organizations.  I was also happy to hear that there are many partnerships out there at J schools.  I’ll be contacting many of them as the partnership between our program and MassLive continues to grow.

The entire discussion felt progressive and a panel filled with lawyers made many in the audience consider how important it is to let students know that they can and will be held accountable for their newsgathering practices, not just what they produce.  What I came away with was a need to protect students, faculty and the program.  I’ll be consulting with attorneys in the weeks to come and hope to draw as much information as possible during my time here.