I couldn’t agree more with this:

Instead of educating future journalists on the nuts and bolts of journalism — because let’s be honest, it isn’t rocket science or even carpentry — it would make more sense simply to teach them things. Facts, it turns out, are useful. Most people can write a nut graf after 30 minutes of practice, but comparatively few people can explain, say, econometrics, or fluid dynamics, or the history of the French Revolution. Aspiring journalists don’t need tradecraft — they need a liberal-arts education that gives them a base of mastery in actual academic subjects.

— Jonathan V. Last, online editor of the Weekly Standard.
(From the WSJ, May 19, 2006)