Journalism in the Service of Democracy

Panel One: Rethinking Journalism Education for the 21st Century

Vartan Gregorian, President, Carnegie Corporation of New York
Alberto Ibarguen, President and CEO, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
Bill Keller, Executive Editor, The New York Times

David Westin
, President, ABC News

ABC News president David Westin said the question for the panel was how can journalism education do a better job of helping to fulfill its fundamental role of providing the information the public needs to make decisions. Westin, an ABC executive since 1991 and president of ABC News since 1997, asked if journalism schools were really necessary, since many journalists never took a single journalism class. Westin, a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, said he once canvassed ABC producers and correspondents on the question of whether they saw any correlation between attending journalism school and who made the best journalists. “To a person, they said no, absolutely no relationship at all—even those who were rabidly pro-journalism school,” he said. He asked the panel, "Why do we need them, if we do?"

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Related Discussions from the Paley Center Collection: Ethics and Reporting

Paley Collection Clip 1: Television and Terrorism: Freedom of the Press and National Security, 4/23/1998—A panel moderated by Mort Zuckerman, chairman and editor-in-chief of U.S. News and World Report and copublisher of New York Daily News, discusses how closely government and journalists should work together. With former president of The Museum of Television & Radio, Robert M. Batscha, senior vice-president of ABC News Richard C. Wald; national correspondent for CBS News James D. Stewart; staff writer of the New Yorker Jeffrey Toobin; acclaimed documentary filmmaker Steven Emerson; and deputy director of national securities studies Gideon Rose.

Paley Collection Clip 2: Media Council Roundtable Breakfast with Steve Capus, 6/6/2007—Using the Virginia Tech shootings as an example, Steve Capus talks about how they managed the public’s right to know versus exploitation of a story. He goes on to talk about issues involved in sending reporters to Iraq.

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