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04.23.2014
by Meredith Broussard

Let’s say that you’re a historian in 2064 and you want to look at the New York Times for a view of how journalists represented celebrity fashion in the early 2000s. You could pull images of the pages of newsprint that hold Oscar photos, but what you’d really want is to see the Times’ 2014 [...] more »

Education
04.22.2014

The “practice” side of journalism education has traditionally had one major goal: to feed new journalists into the news business. The other, broader mission has been to help students become superb critical thinkers and communicators — skills that have wide application in any number of fields. As the traditional journalism business continues to implode, journalism [...] more »

Education
04.21.2014

Owen Youngman, Knight Professor of Digital Media Strategy at Northwestern University has been using Searchlights and Sunglasses by Eric Newton as a textbook in his classroom. Explore his experiences as you think about texts for your next course and ways innovative forms can invigorate students’ thinking. Q&A Why did you decide to use “Searchlights and Sunglasses” in your course? Youngman: [...] more »

Education
04.17.2014

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 »


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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.