USC’s Hernandez says students should bypass the normal route and “hijack your school’s assets to selfishly improve your skills

Robert Hernandez:

That means you can bypass the j-school debates and take control over your education by taking the most important step: Be actively involved in your education. This is even more important that deciding what school you’ll attend. Don’t wait for academia to determine what you need to know for modern journalism. Be proactive and find out by using digital media to help you learn those skills.
Think DIY. Think horizontal loyalty. Think of ways to hijack your school’s assets to selfishly improve your skills.
This means more than just attending the required classes. This means more work than is assigned. This means more than a letter grade or GPA. This means meeting and engaging with more than your classmates and professors at your school.
This means using the power of the web and social media to augment your education and introduce yourself to more than just the curriculum outlined by your individual school.