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

As calls for improvements in journalism education expand, instruction in dealing with data keeps appearing as a consistent thread. To help educators consider how to do this across the curriculum, we’re revisiting the topic in this series. Our first look at teaching data journalism appeared last July, and the tools and approaches have expanded in the […] more »

by Kathleen Bartzen Culver

When I was hired at the University of Wisconsin-Madison to develop an intense (or perhaps insane) six-credit multimedia bootcamp course, I asked my husband to proof my syllabus before I had it copied. It laid out a semester’s worth of breakneck pace, challenging assignments and high expectations. Knowing me well from my days as his […] more »

by Kathleen Bartzen Culver

During my last full-time stint in a newsroom, my night-side colleagues and I used to sit around the bar at a little dive called the Calderone Club in Milwaukee. We would drink beer, eat garlic bread and tell war stories. There was the time features accidentally ran an advice column signature reading “Dead Abby.” And […] more »

by Kathleen Bartzen Culver

Back in October, I delivered opening remarks at the Reynolds Journalism Institute’s Green Shoots in Journalism Education event. I said I can be accused of donning rose-colored glasses, of seeing the curricular glass as at least half full. These can be difficult days for those of us who teach journalism. It’s easy to get pessimistic looking […] more »

by Kathleen Bartzen Culver

When I first asked an educator friend to explain the Common Core standards to me, she said, “It boils down to agreements on what kids should learn and when.” Sounded simple to me. The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a state-based set of educational standards covering what children should learn in math and English […] more »

by Kathleen Bartzen Culver

While I was opening this post and writing the headline above, six emails landed in my inbox. Not six pieces of junk, not six worthless spams. Six emails that needed actual attention and thought. Two of the six needed a reply, one prompted an addition to my calendar, one got filed and two hit the […] more »

by Kathleen Bartzen Culver

I remember the exact moment I got sold on blended learning. My multimedia boot camp course met Monday mornings, most weeks with tech-based assignments due. My Sundays became increasingly bogged down with emails, instant message chats and even the occasional call as students wrestled the demons of HTML, video editing and page design. My husband […] more »

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 »