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Create a World-Class Journalism Dept.
  • Petitioned Georgia State University

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University Administration and College Leadership
Georgia State University

Create a World-Class Journalism Dept.

    1. Chris Shattuck
    2. Petition by

      Chris Shattuck

      Woodstock, GA

Georgia State has reached a critical juncture in its development, and the decisions it makes now will have serious consequences for the overall identity of the school.

So while the university's other programs take off, it's important that Georgia State give similar freedom for its journalism program to develop while considering the tremendous need for a quality J-School in Atlanta, a top-10 media market.

Allowing the already-sizable journalism program at Georgia State to break off and grow from the broadly-focused Communications Department will do just that, helping foster a unique and truly great environment for innovation and development in an industry hungry for new ideas.

A commitment now by the university will send a strong message to the best and brightest students around looking for a viable alternative to the University of Georgia that Georgia State is open for businesses, so to speak.

After all, now is not the time to lay back and let other universities out-innovate and usher in the future of journalism and mass communication education without us; now is the time to develop a school with a reputation rivaling the best of 'em.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. The New Year!

      Chris Shattuck
      Petition organiser

      Hey, everyone! Considering it's been about 3 months since I started the petition and we're still hovering around 80 signatures, I'd really appreciate it if y'all could spread the word and pass along this link to your friends and family to sign, preferably before the new year. I'm really planning on pushing this hard following the break, so I'd like to get a head start now. Your help will go along way, I'm certain. Thanks for your support!

    2. An Update

      Chris Shattuck
      Petition organiser

      Hello, all. Thanks for keeping this petition in mind. We haven't stopped just yet. In fact, here's a recent opinion piece I wrote this week on the topic. Please let me know what you think! Or better yet, if you can put this in front of the right people, please do!

      A GSU J-School: What It All Comes Down To

      There's an old saying in America, perhaps you've heard of it, that nothing is certain but death and taxes. Put another way, everything revolves around time and money - and such is similarly true for Georgia State's Journalism Program.

    3. The Letter is Sent!

      Chris Shattuck
      Petition organiser

      This morning, I sent the list of recommendations to Dr. Cheshier as promised. For a transcript or copy of the letter, check out my blog. Thanks!

      Recommendations for the Comm. Department

      The following is the text of the letter I'm sending to the Communications Department tomorrow, Oct. 12. If you have any further suggestions, please list them at the bottom and let me know what you think about this letter. A text copy can be found here. Please share!

    4. Meeting With the Department Chair

      Chris Shattuck
      Petition organiser

      So I met with David Cheshier, the Communications Department chair, to discuss some suggestions for the future of the program today. He was very receptive, and he wants more feedback from alumni, particularly those in the media, and current students on how to make the program better. I'll be presenting him a list of recommendations next week, and I'd like to hear from you. Please send me a message for reasonable goals, and we'll see what goals can be accomplished with a unified voice. Thanks!

    5. Atlanta University Plans to Close Its Journalism Program

      Chris Shattuck
      Petition organiser

      Last week, Emory University quietly announced the closing of its journalism program, further limiting the educational opportunities of potential journalism students in Atlanta and increasing the immediate necessity for Georgia State to fill that important void by train young professionals in the ongoing evolution of the craft. Aside from Emory, Georgia State and Clark Atlanta, a private historically black university, are now the only two regionally accredited educational institutions in Atlanta with journalism programs.

    6. Reached 50 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Itasha Smith GRIFFIN, GA
      • about 1 year ago

      I am a rising Sophomore Journalism major at GSU and I desire the best training I can possibly get in the field. I'm not really sure how to even start so I need a strong department that could help guide me.

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    • Trehvis Foster COVINGTON, GA
      • over 1 year ago

      Journalism student

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    • Abby Carney BERLIN, GERMANY
      • almost 2 years ago

      I am a GSU alumni who graduated from the Journalism program. I think some serious work needs to be done to separate Georgia State from the pack and prepare student journalists to tell stories in the "real world."

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    • Anna Norris SMYRNA, GA
      • almost 2 years ago

      As a journalism student at GSU, I feel that we are missing out on so much potential in the Atlanta area. Even though I'm graduating in December, I want the best future for upcoming journalism students so that we can have responsible professionals in the media world post-graduation.

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    • Sarah Balter STONE MOUNTAIN, GA
      • almost 2 years ago

      GSU Journalism graduate: This is a much needed development at Georgia State. MUCH needed.

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