Thursday, April 26, 2012

How to persuade people to participate in your survey: An e-mail from Poynter's News University

A Little Help, Please: What's the Future for Journalism Education?

Poynter's News University

Training Tuesday from Poynter's NewsU
Dear Ramesh,

There's lots of talk swirling around the topic of the value

of a journalism degree.

Roger Ailes, the Fox News chairman and CEO, in a speech

at the University of North Carolina recently, told journalism students
they should change their major. "If you're going into journalism
if you care, then you're going into the wrong profession …
I usually ask (journalists) if they want to change the world
in the way it wants to be changed,” Ailes said.

Tom Huang, Poynter adjunct faculty member, has a slightly different

take: "Actually, you should go into journalism if you want to save
the world. My point is that you don't get to choose the time
that you're called upon to be brave and do your best work.
Don't forget: A time of crisis and change is a time of incredible
opportunity,” he wrote for

What's your take on this? Whether you are a student, educator

or professional, we would like to know what you think about the
value of a journalism degree. Poynter's Howard Finberg, who has
been thinking about the future of journalism and journalism education
for years, will be giving a talk at the European Journalism Centre on
the future of journalism education, and he hopes you'll fill out a very short
[four to five questions only] survey. He'll share what he learns at AEJMC
this summer as well.

Here's the link to the survey:

As Poynter NewsU's gift to you for taking the time to share your

thoughts, we'll give you a 35 percent discount code to any of
our Webinars or Webinar Replays. You'll get the code when you
complete the survey.

In advance, thanks for your help.

The NewsU Crew

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