Tri States Public Radio Staff
Tue August 23, 2011
Shop Talk - August 23
Macomb, IL – The panelists discuss the University of Iowa's decision to stop offering a professional Master's degree program in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
The program recently did not receive accreditation from the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. But panelist Bill Knight believes the school chose to drop the program in order to save money.
The 22 students currently enrolled in the program will be allowed to complete their degrees.
Panelist Mike Murray thinks a Bachelor's degree will suffice for most journalism students. He says a Master's in journalism is usually pursued by those wishing to specialize in a certain field of reporting, such as healthcare or politics.