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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Journalists to pay $147,514 to earn $37,820

The reason journalists as a trade missed the biggest election in their lifetimes last November is they relied on polls instead of shoe leather to read the mood of the nation.

Numbers failed them, so their answer is to double down on numbers.


A new journalism program shows how the press is determined to get the story wrong again.

From Forbes:
Columbia Journalism School is rolling out a new master’s degree in data journalism. The Ivy League university, apparently unsatisfied with its $9.6 billion endowment, will charge $106,282 for the twelve-month program.  Estimated living expenses bring the total price tag up to $147,514.
Many observers, including journalists, were quick to point out that paying over $100,000 for a journalism degree probably isn’t worth it. That would be true if students were actually paying for it. But in all likelihood, taxpayers will foot a substantial portion of the bill for Columbia’s data journalism program.
The director of the data journalism program, Giannina Segnini, writes that the Trump administration’s relationship with the media makes such expensive degrees necessary: “Journalists are facing the challenge of covering one of the most unusual and unreliable governments in modern history: President Trump disseminates lies, twisted facts, and changes in policy in real time through his Twitter account. Despite—or perhaps because of—all of this, investigative journalism is flourishing.”
The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that job opportunities for reporters and correspondents will shrink by 8% over the next decade. These jobs currently pay a median annual wage of $37,820.
Pay $147,514 for a job that pays less than a teacher's salary.

And without the benefits.

The math challenged are good marks for con men, which explains why billionaires control the top three newspapers in the country

In the Columbia Journalism Review, Giannina Segnini -- director of the Master of Science in Data Journalism program at the Columbia Journalism School -- made the case for her $147,514 degrees.

From Segnini:
Independent Journalism Requires Skepticisms a mandatory practice. No matter how truthfully a presidential administration conducts itself, reporters should always question, contrast, and complement official information to find the closest version to the truth.
But this task is proving to be particularly difficult in the Trump era. Journalists are facing the challenge of covering one of the most unusual and unreliable governments in modern history: President Trump disseminates lies, twisted facts, and changes in policy in real time through his Twitter account. His advisors send contradictory messages on sensitive national topics and change policies at the last minute, surprising even Cabinet members. Federal data vanishes from the “thin cloud” on matters such as climate change and the environment.
Despite—or perhaps because of—all of this, investigative journalism is flourishing and growing as it did during the Watergate days. However, this time, journalists are much better equipped for finding the truth independently, thanks to data and technology. The challenge for journalists is to thoroughly and selectively grasp the power of technology while upholding the profession’s core journalistic mission.  To that end, the Columbia Journalism School is launching a Master of Science in Data Journalism that we hope will advance data journalism education and contribute to building the next generation of newsroom leaders.
Hahaha.

Nice sales pitch. For $147,514, you too can be a member of the next generation of newsroom leaders.

Numbers failed journalism in 2016. It will fail them now. Why shouldn't Giannina Segnini make some money off these gullible and lazy creatures?

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8 comments:

  1. Is Nate Silver going to be the guest professor of statistical quantum illusion? If so I'm sure the job offers will pour in with the that sheepskin in hand!

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  2. Out of curiosity I visited the Web page for that Masters offering by the Columbia Journalism School. I saw nothing in the curriculum that would justify it being an MS degree instead of an MA. In particular, I did not see any mention of courses that would teach various analytical or technical skills that might help to improve a reporter's understanding of the various major issues that dominate the news today, e.g., "climate change." Instead the emphasis was on courses in the use of social media, improving one's writing skills, etc. In other words, it's the standard sort curriculum you might find in a program leading to an undergraduate degree in journalism, although perhaps given at a higher level of expertise, but still not what I think justifies it being an MS credential instead of a glorified MA.

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  3. The NYT, which has all those SMART people working there. Yepppp

    "Independent Journalism Requires Skepticisms a mandatory practice. No matter how truthfully a presidential administration conducts itself, reporters should always question, contrast, and complement official information to find the closest version to the truth."
    Segnini has some points, but why oh why didn't they start this program in 20? If they had, maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaybe they could have learned enough to deal with Trump. Nah, wouldna happened.

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  4. As was true back in the day, so it remains true today: The best and cheapest education is provided by The School of Hard Knocks. I learned more about humanity one summer working as a municipal pool janitor than any college class. Lazy/cruel bosses. Cleaning turds from the pool floor. Seeing a Tampax for the first time (yes, Virginia, the girls locker room was just as messy as the boys', some days more so). Damned lotta learnin that summer.

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  5. Not too biased, are you Giannina? At least she is truthful about that one thing.

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  6. Jeez, I thought journalism was (ha ha) "non-partisan."

    This broad's press release makes it sound more like a DNC training program.

    Actually, I guess it is!

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  7. You have to be pretty stupid to get a degree in "journalism". Either you can do it or you can't. It's not rocket surgery.

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    1. You miss the point. You have to have had a vigorous indoctrination in Leftist non-thought. THAT is what the degree certifies. The more expensive it is the more Leftist you are.

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