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Computerization and U.S. Collegiate Journalism Education: A Preliminary Report


The rapid adoption of computers for story writing by the mass media revolutionized some aspects of the journalistic art. A survey of journalism programs assessed the spread of computer technology from the newsrooms to its college and university journalism classrooms. Of the 271 institutions responding to the survey, 220 had adopted computers and only two were unconvinced that computers offered any advantages over typewriters. Most institutions computerized their instruction in the 1980s but limit their use of computers to word processing. There appears to have been little use of computers to explore or enhance the process of writing engaged in by students of journalism. It is clear that within the next few years virtually all journalism programs will, to a greater or lesser degree, be computerized. It remains to be seen if this will change the way journalism writing is taught. (RS)


Nolan, J. Computerization and U.S. Collegiate Journalism Education: A Preliminary Report. Retrieved November 18, 2019 from .

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