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DRAFT: Information Literacy Standards for Journalism Students and Professionals

John Zibluk (non-member)'s picture

To the members of the ALA:

 

I received a Google alert on literacy standards for journalism students and professionals this morning. I am very active in the Association of Educators in Journalism and Mass Communication, but this is the first time I ever heard anything about the endeavor. 

I would like to know about the background of this document and I would like to gain some understanding of what the intentions of the ALA are about its use. 

I find many, most in fact, of the suggestions, values and competencies listed to be valid. But most journalism educators I know already follow them.

I see in the document that it was promulgated in conjunction with the NCA, and that's fine, but that organization is a multidisciplinary group which in which journalism educators generally participate in order to discuss broader, theoretical and scholarly concerns. It's not an organization that usually focuses directly on journalism education per se. That's considered, usually, to be the purview of the AEJMC, which is the accrediting body of journalism education. I would suggest forging closer ties with AEJMC if you wish to accomplish tangible results in your efforts.

I would be happy to help build some bridges here. But I think this will hit most journalism educators out of left field, as it has me. I support the ALA's efforts to support  journalism and journalism education. But I would like to see the ALA work WITH us rather than make seemingly redundant recommendations from the outside.

Again, I'd love to help. I just would like to know how.

jack zibluk

associate professor of journalism

arkansas state university

jzibluk@astate.edu

 

John B. (Jack) Zibluk, Ph.D.
Associate professor,
Arkansas State University
Department of Journalism
P.O. Box 1930
State University, AR 72467
(H) 870-931-1284
(W) 870-972-3075
(cell) 870-219-3328
http://www.clt.astate.edu/jzibluk2

John Zibluk (non-member)'s picture

To the members of the ALA:

 

I received a Google alert on literacy standards for journalism students and professionals this morning. I am very active in the Association of Educators in Journalism and Mass Communication, but this is the first time I ever heard anything about the endeavor. 

I would like to know about the background of this document and I would like to gain some understanding of what the intentions of the ALA are about its use. 

I find many, most in fact, of the suggestions, values and competencies listed to be valid. But most journalism educators I know already follow them.

I see in the document that it was promulgated in conjunction with the NCA, and that's fine, but that organization is a multidisciplinary group which in which journalism educators generally participate in order to discuss broader, theoretical and scholarly concerns. It's not an organization that usually focuses directly on journalism education per se. That's considered, usually, the purview of the AEJMC, which is the accrediting body of journalism education. I would suggest forging closer ties with AEJMC if you wish to accomplish tangible results in your efforts.

I would be happy to help build some bridges here. But I think this will hit most journalism educators out of left field, as it has me. I support the ALA's efforts to support  journalism and journalism education. But I would like to see the ALA work WITH us rather than make seemingly redundant recommendations from the outside.

Again, I'd love to help. I just would like to know how.

jack zibluk

associate professor of journalism

arkansas state university

jzibluk@astate.edu

 

John B. (Jack) Zibluk, Ph.D.
Associate professor,
Arkansas State University
Department of Journalism
P.O. Box 1930
State University, AR 72467
(H) 870-931-1284
(W) 870-972-3075
(cell) 870-219-3328
http://www.clt.astate.edu/jzibluk2