University Requires iPhone or iPod Touch for Journalism Freshmen

The University of Missouri's School of Journalism is requiring incoming freshmen to have either an iPhone or iPod touch. While many of the School's students already have Macs and/or iPod and iPhones, the Apple-requirement has sparked some dissension in the ranks of students.

Ostensibly, the requirement is for students to be able to listen back to lectures, according to a report from the Columbia Missourian, the school newspaper.

"Lectures are the worst possible learning format," Brian Brooks, associate dean of the School of Journalism, told the paper. "There's been some research done that shows if a student can hear that lecture a second time, they retain three times as much of that lecture."

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