EducationShift

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Education
04.20.2015
by Emily Metzgar

Since 2010, I’ve been teaching a graduate class in Indiana University’s Journalism program, requiring that students complete 20 hours of service work in the community as part of their final grade. The reaction from students has been powerful. One student noted that the experience “made me examine my privilege in a way that was really […] more »

Education
04.16.2015

After we’ve written leads and produced stories and after I’ve given lectures on media law, reporter’s privilege and the authority of the AP Stylebook, I facilitate in my classrooms what I believe to be one of the most important discussions of our semester. Why are we storytellers? We know what we’re doing and we’re learning […] more »

Education
04.14.2015

Every semester I like to watch trends in digital media for an assignment I construct for the last month of class. I call it my “Future of Journalism” assignment, and it’s intended to introduce some new tool, trend or idea to the regular curriculum. To be fair, about half of these trends stay big for a […] more »

Education
04.10.2015

I played around recently with Meerkat, a new live streaming app that’s built to integrate with Twitter. I thought I’d share a few quick observations about how it worked for me in my newsroom. (Editor’s note: A separate post on Periscope will run Monday, and our #EdShift chat at 1 ET Tuesday, April 14, will […] 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 »

#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
03.13.2015

As a Latina journalist, I have always sought to tell narratives of the Hispanic community that I belong to. At the PBS MediaShift Hackathon at Arizona State University, I had the opportunity to take that interest in a startup direction and research and pitch an idea that would serve the Hispanic community of Phoenix and beyond. I had […] more »

Education
03.10.2015

I reached into my pocket after class to grab my phone. It was a habit I had established early on in the semester after learning that my history lecture was a tech-free zone. But this time when I reached into my pocket, my phone wasn’t there. At the tail end of the semester that marks […] more »

#EdShift Chats
03.04.2015

On Tuesday, March 10, our #EdShift chat will cover the relationship between journalism schools and media outlets. Join us at 1 p.m. Eastern Time / 12 p.m. Central Time / 10 a.m. Pacific Time as we discuss how and to what extent journalism educators and industry partners should collaborate. The chat will be moderated as usual […] 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.