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04.17.2014
by Cathy O'Neil

This all began at Joe’s Coffee on the Columbia University campus one morning last spring. Mark Hansen was then teaching journalism students who didn’t know much about data or computing. I was working with engineers and skilled data people, who didn’t understand how important storytelling is to problem-solving, especially because different choices, which might seem minute [...] more »

Education
04.16.2014

There’s good, bad and ugly in the tale of former Oregon State University student media adviser Kate Willson. “Former,” because in January 2014 she resigned from her position at OSU after a three-month battle over an open records request she made under Oregon’s Open Records Law. Willson requested campus crime statistics and employee compensation information [...] more »

#EdShift Chats
04.15.2014

On Friday, April 18, our bi-weekly #EdShift chat will focus on helping educators “hack the curriculum” with experiments. The special guests will include first-round winners of the recent Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education. The chat will take place on Twitter at the #EdShift hashtag at 10 am PT / 1 pm ET. It will be [...] more »

Education
04.15.2014

When Charlie Beckett asked me to join the Polis journalism conference this week at the London School of Economics and Political Science, he showed the depth of his university by asking a surprisingly practical journalism question for a school ranked No. 2 in the world in the research-laden “communication and media studies” field. Beckett wanted to know about the newest [...] more »

Education
04.14.2014

Coauthored by Andy Alexander As attention to media entrepreneurship builds in journalism programs nationwide, we are using a competition at Ohio University to help students envision a future as creators and builders. Now in its second year, our Scripps Innovation Challenge asks students to solve real industry problems and stoke their startup fire along the way. Drawing [...] more »

Education
04.10.2014

As it turns out, you don’t need Muppets to teach a good online course. I worried about this a few months ago as I began to prepare for my Arizona State University ASUonline ”Media Research Methods” class. This concern blossomed when, out of curiosity, I signed up for a Harvard EdX online course on computer science basics and watched the [...] more »

Education
04.07.2014

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 whole business card. Tattered and torn, it laid out the shifting ground of digital journalism [...] more »

Education
04.04.2014

When we put out the call to J-school educators for the first round of experiments to #hackcurriculum for the Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education, we already knew we were hitting a rich vein just waiting to be mined. We saw the momentum in our Facebook Educators group, where a virtual cohort of nearly 600 [...] more »

Education
04.03.2014

There was a time when some of us taught journalism classes in a single medium. In a print-based class, we taught writing. We read newspapers and books, and students reported and wrote and wrote. Today, as we all know, that’s not enough. So how do we introduce visuals into a print-based class? At a small [...] more »

#EdShift Chats
04.02.2014

On Friday, April 4, our biweekly #EdShift chat gets a brand new spin. The students are taking over. The chat will involve students from journalism programs across the country, focusing on what they need from their journalism education. The chat will take place on Twitter at the #EdShift hashtag at 10 am PT / 1 pm ET. [...] more »


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About EducationShift

EducationShift aims to move journalism education forward with coverage of innovation in the classroom as journalism and communications schools around the globe are coping with massive technological change. The project includes a website, bi-weekly Twitter chats at #EdShift, mixers and workshops, and webinars for educators.

  • Katy Culver: Education Curator
  • Mark Glaser: Executive Editor
  • Lauren Simonis: Education Intern
  • Design: Vega Project

MediaShift received a grant from the Knight Foundation to revamp its EducationShift section to focus on change in journalism education. It will extend the conversation started by Eric Newton's "Searchlights and Sunglasses," a resource for journalism educators.