Dave Winer (father of the RSS feed), wrote over on Rebooting the News “In the future everyone can be a journalist, and the people who will be most valuable are those who are experts in areas outside journalism. That means, to me, that everyone should get a basic journalism education, in the same way it’s a good idea for us to take a semester of math, English lit, chemistry or physics. ”
I was the editor of my school paper long ago, and that taught me to be able to go to the school principal and ask him questions, and expect answers. Students and faculty need to nurture their inner librarian: Understand the role of information in a society. Organize and tag information in such a way that retrieval for you and others is easy in the future. Understand how to find, evaluate and use information effectively.
I do think higher education is going through a huge assessment period right now–I can’t wait to see how it evolves on a global scale.