Monday, June 12, 2006

Sad summer news

Texas community colleges Blinn and McClennan County have decided to drop journalism.

This is certainly bad for those in Central Texas aspiring to learn the journalistic arts and it is bad for everyone else in the long haul, too. With however many students at those campuses in Brenham and Waco forced to look elsewhere, or wait until entering senior college, it will thin the knowledge, practical experience and numbers. This leaves more of an elitist bent in Texas-based journalism with more coming from the bigger schools where the programs remain intact.

Blinn and MCC, ironically, sit within a relatively short drive from Texas A&M University in College Station. A&M recently said it was going to eliminate its 900-strong journalism department, only to reverse field and reinstate it after considerable feedback. A few letters to presidents at Blinn and MCC might not be a bad idea.


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