Arizona State bullish on journalism education

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PHOENIX -- As the newspaper business struggles to survive, journalism would seem to be a hard sell for young people trying to pick a career.

In spite of dire conditions in in the industry, Arizona State University is investing heavily in its Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

It's revamped its curriculum to focus on digital reporting, beefed up its faculty with news industry veterans and moved into a new $71 million building in downtown Phoenix, which will be officially dedicated today.

The journalism school's dean says graduates are landing jobs at newspapers, television stations and in public relations because they're cheaper to employ than veterans. And also because they're prepared to do the versatile multimedia reporting now demanded by the business.

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