Monday, May 11, 2009
Missouri Journalism School: Get an Apple iPhone or Go Home.
Missouri University's journalism school is widely-regarded as one of the premier "J- Schools" in the nation, and many ambitious high school seniors put it on their short list of schools, along with Syracuse and Columbia.
Today, Missouri's journalism school made national headlines due to its new policy:
Effective Fall 2009, students majoring in Journalism at Missouri are required to have either an iPod Touch (the minimum requirement) or iPhone to allow for the delivery of freshman-orientation information as well as course material. Students will electronically download such material to either of those devices from iTunes University, a no-cost component of the iTunes Store.
For the unacquainted, iTunes U is a data pipeline in the iTunes Store for students and professors at prestigious universities such as Duke, Stanford,Cambridge and Yale. Missouri and Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) negotiated a lower price for students who purchase the iPhone through TigerTech, the University's bookstore.
Considering the wide assortment of smartphones available on the market, I wonder if another journalism school will implement a similar policy with a different smartphone, such as Palm Pre.
By Matt O'Hern at 09:50 AM | Comments (0)