Professor says Lynn is breeding 21st century journalists

Brosemer, a former broadcast and investigative journalist, pushes traditional tenets, skill set in class

Published Sep. 30, 2009

Jim Brosemer, an NBC broadcaster and investigative journalist until 2000, is currently an instructor of multimedia journalism in Lynn’s College of International Communication where, he says, he is helping prepare students for a new, ever-evolving media environment

According to a recent article in the Chronicle of Higher Education, enrollment in undergraduate journalism programs nationwide has grown 35 percent over the past 10 years - this despite the fact that many see the industry shrinking. But as reporter Katherine Mangan reported, “Part of the draw for students still flocking to journalism schools is a new generation of courses retooled for new media.”

That’s certainly the draw at Lynn. Like other journalism schools across the country, Lynn’s College of International Communication is teaching multimedia journalism students “the new ‘backpack’ or one-man-band type of news gathering,” said Brosemer. “We teach our students to write, shoot, edit and present their stories while instilling the basic tenants of traditional journalism – accuracy, fairness and proper grammar and usage.”

Despite the overall decline of employment in the news industry, “Lynn multimedia journalism students, who live their lives texting, Twittering and making films on their home computers, are better prepared than traditional TV journalists to enter a career demanding all those skills,” said Brosemer.

Source: Brosemer, a four-time Emmy Award winning journalist for investigative reporting, has more than three decades of experience as an editor, reporter, news anchor and investigator. He has been an instructor of multimedia journalism in the Lynn College of International Communication since 2007. His interview subjects have included President George W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman and three Florida governors.