Newsweek Article Referenced At Scholastic Journalism Meeting

Newsweek article “How Dumb Are We” highlighted at Scholastic Journalism meeting at Kent State University.

KENT, Ohio– The dean of Kent State University’s College of Communication and Information used the week’s Newsweek article, “How Dumb Are We” to kick off the 2011 meeting of the Center for Scholastic Journalism Advisory Board, which is going on today in KSU’s Franklin Hall.

The article called attention to the civic ignorance of Americans, 38 percent of the whom failed a U.S. Citizenship Test, given by Newsweek.

Stan Wearden told those at the meeting here today that scholastic media have the potential to “transform the nation” by helping to build civic awareness through middle and high school journalism.

“Scholastic media lay the groundwork and show them the importance of being informed,” he said.

Author: George Daniels

George L. Daniels is an associate professor of journalism at the University of Alabama. After spending eight years in the local television newsroom working as a producer at stations in Richmond, Virginia; Cincinnati, Ohio; and Atlanta, Georgia, Daniels moved from the newsroom to the classroom. He’s conducted research on diversity issues in the media workplace and change in the television newsroom as well as media convergence. Before going to work in television news, Daniels worked briefly as a freelance writer for The Richmond Free Press in his hometown of Richmond, Va.

One thought on “Newsweek Article Referenced At Scholastic Journalism Meeting”

  1. I just now read the Newsweek article. It doesn’t really surprise me that much.

    Certainly, I think there is an opportunity for journalism to engage citizens better. However, as more and digital distractions (tablets, laptops, BlackBerries, NetFlix, cable television, video games, Twitter, Facebook, etc …) take over the free time of Americans, I think there is less interest in actual learning or reading. When we do read stories, we frequently read only stories that reinforce things that interest us instead of educate us.

    When I travel overseas, I don’t see many Americans. It seems that we are not much interested in engaging with the rest of the world. We do have a lot here in America, but perhaps we think we have everything here.

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