Education Trade Publications Online: Chronicle of Higher Education Reviewed

Like much traditional print media, education trade publications are beginning to form an online presence. In a series of articles that will continue this week, the websites of some prominent education trade publications will be discussed. Today's article focuses on the website of 'The Chronicle of Higher Education.' Schools offering Children`s Book Illustration degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

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What Is It?

The Chronicle of Higher Education is a well-regarded publication that focuses on college and university news and issues. This can include reporting on school policies, federal and state politics and educational trends. The publication's coverage includes editorial commentary as well, and though it is U.S.-based, relevant international topics are also covered. The Chronicle is available in print, and it has a website that features both free and subscriber-only content.

In addition to articles that focus on educational issues in the U.S. and abroad, the Chronicle site hosts a variety of useful digital features. Among these elements is a job posting service for positions in higher education, including professorships and administrative positions. This is one of the most objectively useful parts of the site, and prominent universities advertise jobs here. In addition to open positions, there are also helpful articles, including a guide for those new to the academic job market.

The Chronicle website also has an advice section with editorials and write-in advice columns, mostly pertaining to academia. There are also moderated forums where users can share their thoughts about educational topics and other, less professionally focused topics. Other features include a facts and figures section devoted to educational statistics, and multimedia features like podcasts and videos. Overall, the site is well designed and has a very simple interface.

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How Useful Is It?

This is a fantastic site for anyone interested or involved in higher education. Professionals could certainly use the site to monitor the pulse of an academic field. Students, including undergrads, could also benefit from the insights and academic culture contained in the site's articles. Articles in the Chronicle could be relevant even for those who have graduated from college and have no intention of re-entering academia.

For academic job-seekers, the site's jobs section is thorough, and the search feature is detailed and useful. A window for the job center is almost always present on the site, toward the top and to the right of most pages. This emphasis on jobs is part of what makes the site itself a bit more useful than the hard copy of the Chronicle - these job postings are updated with much greater frequency than those in the print edition.

This is the first article in a series about education trade publications online. Stay tuned for more reviews this week.

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