University of Missouri School of Journalism: iPhone Required!

TUAW's reporting that Brian Brooks, Dean of University of Missouri's Journalism School is requiring that students have an iPhone or iPod touch. Why? So they can keep digital recordings of their lectures handy and listen to them more than once. Seems -- shock and disbelief -- repetition enhances learning.

Required is a key word, since it allows students to include the iPhone cost for their financial aid. They won't insist students have one, however, or -- apparently -- give detention to anyone who shows up with a Zune instead...

Hey, maybe they should just record every lecture as a podcast and put it up on iTunes U? : )

Rene Ritchie

Rene Ritchie is one of the most respected Apple analysts in the business, reaching a combined audience of over 40 million readers a month. His YouTube channel, Vector, has over 90 thousand subscribers and 14 million views and his podcasts, including Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times. He also regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network and co-hosted CES Live! and Talk Mobile. Based in Montreal, Rene is a former director of product marketing, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss Apple and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.