New faces to advise J-school
By Sabrina Carinci
It's out with the old and in with the new at Western's Graduate School of Journalism as the school's advisory board has been updated to include a wider range of members from the communication industry.
The main difference between this board and the last is the membership. "They are people in the decision-making role and close to it they can tell us about the kind of people they are hiring," said Western journalism professor David Spencer.
Representatives from companies including the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, CTV, the Sun Media Group, the London Free Press, Maclean/Hunter Publishing, the Globe and Mail and the Discovery Channel make the new advisory board a high-powered group, Spencer said.
Since becoming a part of the faculty of communications and open learning last year, the school has been implementing changes such as those to its advisory board last month which will now look into new media as well as the more important role television is playing in the journalism industry, Spencer said.
The hope of the new board is for each member to bring a certain degree of information and knowledge from within their field which will then help the journalism school prepare its students for the many changes in technology and employment patterns within the industry, he added.
George Clark, chair of the advisory board and director of news and information at CFPL-TV in London, CHWI in Windsor and CKNX in Wingham, believes the advisory board will keep journalism students in touch with the media and what is happening in the industry.
"We haven't met yet but the new board is much more widely based," Clark said. "In the journalism school's point of view, having the major players [on the board] provides the university with a lot of knowledge and insight."
The advisory board will meet two times per year and have two separate sessions. The morning session will consist of the board members and student representatives and the afternoon session will be open to all students in the program.
Walter Korolewych, a journalism student at Western, believes the new advisory board will be advantageous to students. "It's important for students to know what's going on in both spheres both in and out of school."
Many members of the board also think positively of the high-powered group. "Diversity and opinion can't do anything other than help," said Paul Jones, president and CEO of Canadian Business Media Ltd.