Shop Talk
11:49 am
Tue June 21, 2011

Shop Talk - June 21

Macomb, IL – The panelists discuss a report that looks at how the news media view education, especially higher education.

The article appears in the publication Academe. It contends professors are seen as lazy, they teach just a few classes, and they get paid to do almost nothing.

The panelists feel that perception might exist in popular culture, such as movies and television programs, but is less prevalent in news reporting. In fact, the problem with news coverage of education is that it is almost non-existent.

For example, few reporters attend meetings of the Western Illinois University Board of Trustees, even though the meetings are open to the public. Even if more reporters attended such meetings, they would be merely scratching the surface of what is happening in higher education.