The authors of 2007’s Ivory Tower Blues continue their exploration of a university system besieged and adrift.
Monthly Archives: May 2011
Media and higher education do not inhabit two solitudes. As underscored in this issue, media and academia co-exist, albeit somewhat uncomfortably. They are both public educators: analyzing, interpreting, and broadcasting ideas about the world. They part company, however, over how that is done. Mainstream media reject intricacy, conveying “certainty” and easily digestible depictions of events […]
I knew I was in trouble when I considered becoming a public intellectual. Maybe it was all those university seminars on media outreach, filled with useful tips on simplifying your ideas, staying on message, and targeting relevant audiences. Or, maybe it was the e-mails I receive, surprisingly frequently, from people across the country asking me […]
Research and shopping seem to be converging, as students go to their machines to do “research” at the web’s many info-malls.
Michelle Stack argues that journalism and academe have much in common, both being networks of knowledge that facilitate the noisy, messy process of democratic conversation.
In an era of globalization, we need to improve global reporting, argues University World News Editor Karen MacGregor. Will this require more collaboration between higher education and higher education media?
Scholars seeking influence should consider the opportunities afforded by the mainstream news media. The voices of academic women are particularly needed.
What’s an education for? Philosopher Mark Kingwell analyzes our era’s market-utility responses to this question. He argues, however, that education is about making us better and more engaged citizens, perhaps even better people.
Ann Rauhala, a former journalist now teaching at Ryerson University, says the worlds of academe and journalism are not quite the two solitudes they seem.