Telegraph: Government ‘will take 35 years to recoup tuition fee losses’

"Official estimates suggest the amount of money loaned to students will balloon to a record level by 2047 before the Treasury starts to recoup the losses from graduates. ... Estimates obtained after a Freedom of Information request show that the size of the loans bill will grow for 35 years. This is based on the Government paying out an average fee loan of just over £7,500. "

SchoolBook: An Introduction to SchoolBook’s Data

"The goal: to curate the thousands of public records available about schools in New York City, simplify and standardize their contents, and make it all as easy as possible to understand and compare school to school. ... As you can see on any school page, or when you use our Search + Compare tool, we’ve translated many data points into a 1 to 9 scale, and further labeled 1, 2 and 3 as 'below average;' 4, 5 and 6 as 'average' and 7, 8 and 9 as 'above average'"

Propublica: The Opportunity Gap

An amazing project: ProPublica's investigation into access to advanced courses in US secondary education includes a database of schools allows users to log in with Facebook to look up their school. There are individual pages for each state, district, and school, and a page allowing users to compare schools (and Tweet their comparisons).

Press Gazette: The Wire: Want to be a journalist? Be prepared to work in London for nothing

Totally agree with my former editor Dom here: "Two-week work placements are a two-way street, with the trainees contributing their time and effort in exchange for a certain amount of mentoring and the chance to see their name in print (that’s the way it works at Press Gazette). But if they are good enough to warrant having around any longer than that – they should be paid. And all reputable news organisations should have guidelines in place to make sure this happens."

Chronicle of Higher Education: Extra! News Blogs by Students Grab Eyeballs

"Onward State is part of a national wave of student-run Web outfits determined to reinvent college journalism. ... n general, they only get together like this once a week. ... Onward State is a virtual organization whose members do much of their business digitally. Even gathered within feet of one another in the lab, staff members continued to scroll through the tiny profile pictures of the various social networks open on their computers. ... Google Wave ... is their version of hollering across a newsroom. They use it to run the editorial operation."

Rob Wells: LSJ off(line) on ’net news

"If a student wanted to be a web designer they would have taken a web design course. Unlike law, knowing how to code a website is not essential for any journalist who wants to publish on the internet. There are suites of tools that come with either complete designs or automate the process. I believe that students should know how to do basic things in HTML, but it is not essential, and often better results can be achieved with tools that don’t require such knowledge." Amen.

Times Higher Education: The Future of Newspapers

Tim Luckhurst : "Since its inception, the academic study of journalism has been engaged in an existential struggle. To achieve relevance it must prove itself valuable to the profession it analyses. ... Relevance in journalism demands speed. Published online by their authors as soon as they were written, complete with links and summaries of no more than 800 words, several of these essays might have been discussed in newsrooms. Instead journalists read Media Guardian and academics are exiled from the debates that will define the future."

Media Guardian: Doing it for themselves

A really encouraging feature about UK journalism education... "The students are learning not just traditional local reporting but also useful digital skills: publishing using Wordpress, exploiting Twitter, reciprocal linking, how to search for local stories online through Google Reader and Yahoo Pipes (using metasearches to pick out relevant stories) and monitoring the (rising) traffic with Google Analytics."

The Scoop: The Case Against Teaching Access

"SQLite is my choice for the candidate to replace Access in journalism education. In addition to the advantages listed above, it’s also easy to “install.” If you can download files, unzip them and move them to a location on your hard drive, you can “install” SQLite. If you can install a Firefox add-on, you can manage it in the browser. And you can take your database files home with you or email them around. The add-on supports importing CSV files, SQL dumps and XML (although all databases can have issues with importing XML). It looks and works the same on a PC or a Mac. Most importantly, it demands an understanding of SQL that you can avoid when learning Access."