Kathleen Bartzen Culver

Kathleen Bartzen Culver is an assistant professor in the School of Journalism & Mass Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, teaching and researching at the intersection of ethics and digital media practices. Culver also serves as associate director of the Center for Journalism Ethics and Education Curator for PBS MediaShift.

by Kathleen Bartzen Culver

I have stopped using New York Times data visualizations in my training presentations to educators and students. Don’t get me wrong. They’re spectacular. This one setting winter Olympic event finishes to music completely changed my understanding of timed events. I learned about the nightmare of balancing the federal budget. And I figured out why World Cup [...] more »

by Kathleen Bartzen Culver

I rarely have to sell my students on what I’m teaching them. They’ve worked hard to get accepted into a highly competitive major, and they’re here because they want to learn. But that all changes when we get to my week on data. The grumbles and eyerolls abound. I feel like I can read some [...] more »

by Kathleen Bartzen Culver

When it comes to media work and the teaching of it, I loath the phrase, “the dark side.” It goes something like this: “You teach journalism and PR in the same department? I stay away from the dark side.” “You went from a newsroom to the dark side?” “You study branding and ethics? Didn’t know [...] more »

by Kathleen Bartzen Culver

The Poynter Institute just wrapped its fourth Teachapalooza, a conference for journalism educators who want to amp their multimedia skills and knowledge of current trends. The conference packed ideas, training and collaboration into a speedy three days for nearly 100 participants. I’ve been with the Poynter ‘Palooza since its inception, and I find it one [...] more »

by Kathleen Bartzen Culver

Visual journalism trainer and consultant Sara Quinn captures the action of Poynter’s latest educators seminar in one of her signature Quinn-fo-Graphics. Sara Quinn teaches and speaks about visual journalism, leadership and multimedia. She led Poynter’s college fellowship and its partnerships with universities for several years. Sara directed Poynter’s EyeTrack research of newspaper, tablet and online [...] more »

by Kathleen Bartzen Culver

Participants in Poynter’s latest Teachapalooza seminar for journalism educators used social media to share ideas, add examples and exchange jokes. Herbert Lowe from Marquette University captured the action in a Storify. [View the story "Journalism Education at #teacha14 @Poynter" on Storify] more »

by Kathleen Bartzen Culver

On Friday, June 6, our biweekly #EdShift chat will focus on how to avoid ethical minefields when using social media in news. We’ll cover questions of accuracy and verification, as well as inclusivity, participation and how to teach key principles in classes. The chat will be moderated as usual by MediaShift’s Education Curator Katy Culver, with special [...] more »

by Kathleen Bartzen Culver

Remix Remix is a regular segment on EducationShift, featuring interesting and innovative journalism assignments, courses and curricula. Writers will detail their ideas and work and, where possible, provide links and materials so other educators can adapt them in their own programs. If you’re interested in sharing your approaches to be remixed at other schools, contact [...] more »

by Kathleen Bartzen Culver

When I recently saw my friend and former teaching assistant Jason Shepard covered in a story on faculty using Twitter, I giggled a little. An accomplished writer, media law professor and soon-to-be-chair of the 2,500-student Department of Communications at California State-Fullerton, Jason has a lot of things to brag about — but his Twitter presence just isn’t [...] more »

by Kathleen Bartzen Culver

It took the Journalism Interactive conference fully three minutes this weekend to grab me by the scruff and inspire me to go all-in on more innovation. UC Berkeley’s Koci Hernandez took the stage and threw up a picture of his old business card. Tattered and torn, it laid out the shifting ground of digital journalism [...] more »