U of Colorado To Welcome First Class Of 'Journalism Plus' Students This Spring

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The University of Colorado's inaugural cohort of "journalism plus" students will enter the program this spring, with new requirements that they supplement their education with a second area of study.

The journalism department is expecting about 45 students in the new journalism plus program, said Stephen Jones, assistant dean in journalism and mass communication. Applications were down slightly, he said, because of the uncertainty surrounding the future of the journalism school.

Chris Braider, chairman of the journalism department, said that school administrators are going to begin meeting with high school counselors and administrators -- and hopefully students in journalism classes and newspaper practicums -- to let them know that journalism is still an area of study at CU, something that may be misunderstood after the regents voted to discontinue the School of Journalism and Mass Communication last spring.

"Not only are we still offering journalism, we're doing it differently and better," Braider said.

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