EducationShift

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Education
03.27.2015
by Alison Bass

When I moved to Morgantown almost three years ago to teach journalism at West Virginia University, the sketchiness of the local news coverage shocked me. The one newspaper that covers the Morgantown area is owned by a family who have amassed a fortune in the coal and limestone industries, and the paper either doesn’t know […] more »

Education
03.26.2015

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 »

Education
03.26.2015

Can you really teach data journalism? It’s a dumb question that I’m soon going to find the answer for: This semester I started teaching at the Berkeley J-School (you can see my syllabus here). There’s no shortage of advice on teaching journalism students. If you believe what you read, young reporters need to learn to code; not […] more »

Education
03.25.2015

Recently, I spoke at the SXSWedu conference in Austin about the opportunity to teach coding across university disciplines. Computer programming is quickly becoming an expected 21st century literacy, but coding is no longer limited to the realms of computer and information sciences. Technology can be used to solve problems across a range of fields, but […] more »

Education
03.23.2015

How does a society deal with what it considers to be unethical use of the freedom to publish? Dictators imprison journalists. Democracies use a mix of legal and non-legal mechanisms, from libel laws to press councils. In the United States, journalists have long countered calls for greater legal regulation by appealing to an ethical ideal […] more »

Business
03.20.2015

This piece was co-authored by Michael Marcotte. As UNM students returned to classes this spring, many brought the new confidence and ideas they earned last fall by launching the New Mexico News Port, a collaboration spawned by the Online News Association’s Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education. As described in an earlier post, the two […] more »

#EdShift Chats
03.20.2015

On Tuesday, March 24, our #EdShift chat will cover business skills, and what journalists need to know. How much should we care about entrepreneurship? Revenue models? Sustainable non-profit approaches? Do these matter for the average journalism student or reporter? Join us at 1 p.m. Eastern Time / 12 p.m. Central Time / 10 a.m. Pacific […] more »

Education
03.18.2015

To most, Feb. 27 was a typical, ordinary Friday. For 50 top students from 13 journalism and communication schools, this was the beginning of an intense, innovative experience at PBS MediaShift’s 2nd Annual Journalism School Hackathon at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication in downtown Phoenix. Like many students, I went with an […] more »

Education
03.17.2015

In an age that craves immediacy and information, processes of verification are more important than ever, but not necessarily the norm. A new report from the Tow Center for Digital Journalism produced by Craig Silverman details the ways news outlets spread — and debunk — rumors and misinformation. He found that many news outlets take few […] more »

Culture
03.13.2015

In our wired world it’s easy to extol the virtues of the web, mobile devices and social media. These time-bending technologies have generated previously unimaginable ways of searching, creating and sharing information instantaneously. Yet as our hours and days are filled with more and more time-saving devices, many of us seem to have less and […] 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.