The election and presidency of Donald J. Trump have caused controversy with the news media. Some media outlets have been heavily criticized. This contentious environment presents a new challenge to aspiring reporters and the field of journalism.
At the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, the deans and instructors are dedicated to instilling students with the skills needed in a changing media environment.
Associate Dean Kristin Gilger says the news media, "missed the story in this past election." Joseph Russomanno, an associate professor at the Cronkite School, explains the challenges journalists face in accessing information. Associate Dean Mark Lodato discusses legal issues journalists may face while reporting and the resources they have available to them. Senior Associate Dean Marianne Barrett says the Cronkite School is not changing anything in its curriculum.
Although the Cronkite School is not changing the structure of its classes, the school has added a series of forums called Press, Politics and the Public. The Walter Cronkite School says it continues to endorse the fundamentals Walter Cronkite emphasized as a reporter.
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