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

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 »

by Kathleen Bartzen Culver

When I do multimedia trainings for college educators with Al Tompkins of the Poynter Institute, we get to a particular point in the arc of the sessions and see a specific response. We stand before these teachers after talking about what journalism education needs and all the tools they can apply. We’ve been going and […] more »

by Kathleen Bartzen Culver

Remix is a new segment of education content on MediaShift, 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 […] more »

by Kathleen Bartzen Culver

Every semester in my introductory course in the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s journalism school, I ask the students to introduce themselves and tell me their dream job. I get my fair share of professional athlete or Broadway star. But in the last few years, I’ve heard what feels like an increasing number of dreams the journalism […] more »

by Kathleen Bartzen Culver

Journalism education is fraught with challenges, but new years bring new opportunities. We asked a few forward-thinking instructors what they’re resolving to do in 2014 and visualized them with the help of Sara Quinn from the Poynter Institute (@saraquinn). Make a resolution of your own. What will you do in the classroom or beyond this […] more »

by Kathleen Bartzen Culver

Earlier this month, a colleague sent me this piece about LeBron James from Grantland as a sample to use in a course three of us teach in the journalism school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. It’s an introductory skills course in multimedia journalism and strategic communication. We think of it as “boot camp.” The students […] more »

by Kathleen Bartzen Culver

As the world watches Syria this week, ethics questions will focus on how critically the media are thinking about the purpose and extent of possible military intervention, as well as issues of credibility, independence and context. But within Syria’s borders, groups of loosely and tightly organized citizens are focused on practicing their own journalism — […] more »

by Kathleen Bartzen Culver

Update, Monday, July 1, 2013: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker Sunday vetoed the legislative measure that would have evicted the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism from its UW-Madison offices and barred faculty from working with its reporters and student interns. School of Journalism & Mass Communication Director Greg Downey hailed the veto as “a big victory for the […] more »