Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Journalism Schools Offer Credit for Work in Partnership with AOL's Patch Media

In an arrangement called PatchU, AOL's Patch Media said its editors will also provide a graduate level education to students from 13 journalism schools who will work for the company in exchange for college credits, according to a USA Today article.

Until AOL unveiled this partnership today, Patch was simply "a provocative new business that sells ads on websites filled with hyper-local news."

Now it also will be a vessel for aspiring journalists to learn how to "pitch and write stories, cover local events, shoot and edit photos and videos, integrate content with social media and produce stories online using Patch's leading content management system."

Patch said its sites offer news to more than 500 neighborhoods in 20 states, claiming this will make it the nation's largest hirer of full-time journalists this year, according to the article.

Although WSU does not a participate in this particular program, it is important for Murrow College students to continue to network and utilize WSU's own occupational partnerships. Again, check out COUGlink, or peruse Patch's job listings here.

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