Enrollment is up at Journalism schools but a debate continues about whether a degree in the field is really useful since it isn’t required for employment and doesn’t guarantee a job. The actual content of a "J-school" program is also a subject of discussion within the profession.

Debates over the value and purpose of such programs are perpetual. Should they focus on skills – or theory? Some argue their value lies largely in forging contacts to help crack open the door to a closed insider’s game. Then there are those successful newspeople who insist their value is nil.

I have no direct association with journalism – other than as a consumer of their product. However, I would note one important part of the profession, barely mentioned in this article, that seems to be missing from the work of many who claim to be "journalists". That would be ethics. Is the topic covered in J-school? Or is it part of on-the-job training? Either way, someone is doing a really crappy job of teaching that aspect of the profession.