The Ghost of Journalism Future: Columbia J-School Students Make Viral Rap Video

Watch two Columbia Journalism School students demonstrate their comprehension of j-school primer The Elements of Style, by William Strunk, Jr. & E. B. White, in rap form.

We can only assume this is part of the application process for a job at Ben Smith’s “Now With 100% More Reporting!” BuzzFeed.

Sample lyric:

Split infinitive
Never definitive
Sounds unintelligent
Dumb and inelegant.
Just say it like you meant
Always write with intent
Each word precious
Like Benjamin’s that you spent.

(Commas must have been omitted because there is no interruption to their flow.)

These skills and probably more can be yours for $52,707 in tuition and fees.

Or $9.95. Plus shipping.

The Elements of Style from Jake Heller on Vimeo.