Journalism Students Debate Owning iPhones

When the University of Missouri School of Journalism’s student newspaper reported that incoming students of the journalism program would be required to purchase either an iPhone or an iPod Touch, it touched off a debate about whether universities can require specific tech purchases or whether certain companies can have a tech “monopoly” on campuses.

As it turns out, students won’t actually be punished or disciplined if they don’t buy one, though the school does recommend it–-the intention was to help out students who were on financial aid so that the cost of iPhone or an iPod could be included in a financial aid estimate. This summer the entire MU campus will be installing Tegrity, a class lecture recording program used by Stanford University and others, where they can download them for free on iTunes, and the journalism school thought students could use Apple (AAPL) iPhones or iPods “as a learning device.”

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