The Shop Talk panelists discuss whether journalism is a profession that’s becoming dominated by elites.
The conversation was sparked by an MSNBC piece: How lower-income Americans are shut out of journalism. The article points out how future success in journalism can depend on attending the right college and making the right connections. Such opportunities are not always available to those from low income backgrounds.
The panelists talk about whether journalism is the best major for students who want to be reporters.
While it might seem obvious that a journalism degree would be best for a reporter, panelist Lisa Kernek points out a broad liberal arts education is required because reporters need to know about a lot of different things. She majored in history and found that provided a good background for being a journalist.