EducationShift

Law & Ethics

#EdShift Chats
06.03.2014
by Kathleen Bartzen Culver

On Friday, June 6, our biweekly #EdShift chat will focus on how to avoid ethical minefields when using social media in news. We’ll cover questions of accuracy and verification, as well as inclusivity, participation and how to teach key principles in classes. The chat will be moderated as usual by MediaShift’s Education Curator Katy Culver, with special [...] more »

Education
05.30.2014

A deadline is approaching. As the seconds run out on this very minute, you need to meet that deadline with a new photo to feed your blog or social media stream. And then there it is — a stunning moment of humanity, legally available to you and sure to generate more traffic than you’ve ever [...] more »

Education
05.09.2014

In October 2011, Caitlin Curran was fired from her part-time position as a freelance web producer at WNYC Radio and Public Radio International. The reason, she explains in an article on Gawker, related to her participation in an Occupy Wall Street protest, at which this photograph was taken: #win #ows pic.twitter.com/TOKTd5wT — Ben Furnas (@bfurnas) [...] more »

Education
05.07.2014

The Online News Association this month is launching its “do-it-yourself” ethics code project. It’s a mechanism to help news organizations, small startups and individual journalists and bloggers create their own codes of ethics. It’s also a resource for journalism students creating their own personal ethics statements. “Do-it-yourself ethics” has a funny ring to it, though. [...] 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 »

Education
03.20.2014

Twitter can make or break a journalist’s (or indeed an educator’s) reputation in less time than it takes to write the typical headline. We have only to Google “Octavia Nasr” or “David Guth” to see the consequences of using of 140 characters without thinking enough. But despite Twitter’s prominence in journalism, there are few guidelines [...] more »

Best Practices
03.06.2014

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 »

Education
02.10.2014

It’s a little bit of a man-bites-dog scenario — public high school administrators force a student newspaper to print what the students consider a racial slur. The Playwickian, a student paper at Neshaminy High School in Langhorne, Pa., opted to stop using the word “Redskins” — the school’s mascot and athletic nickname — in its [...] more »

Education
12.11.2013

This summer The Onion ran a satirical piece purporting to be an op-ed by CNN’s managing editor, Meredith Artley, titled, “Let Me Explain Why Miley Cyrus’ VMA Performance Was Our Top Story This Morning.” Her explanation for why CNN filled the top news slot with the story “Miley Cyrus Did What???” (this was the actual [...] more »

Education
11.21.2013

The ethics of digital media are evolving just as fast as the medium itself. The Poynter Institute and PBS MediaShift hosted “Truth and Trust in the 21st Century,” a symposium on Nov. 13, 2013, in New York discussing the issues of ethical practices in the age of new media. Here’s a recap of the issues [...] 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.