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#EdShift Chats
02.20.2015
by Meagan Doll

On Tuesday, Feb. 24, our #EdShift chat will cover the future of professional photojournalism. Join us at 1 p.m. Eastern Time / 12 p.m. Central Time / 10 a.m. Pacific Time as we discuss uncertainties about careers in photojournalism in a media landscape more visual than ever. Despite wildly popular technologies like Instagram and increased […] more »

Education
02.18.2015
by Christopher Daly

Much has been written about David Carr — as a writer, memoirist, editor, friend, mentor, reporter, and critic — and rightly so. He was a man of many parts. I come to praise him for his last new venture: Professor. When David died, he was the holder of an endowed chair in the Journalism Department at Boston University. There […] more »

Education
02.12.2015

When I pitched this piece, my editor’s immediate response was, “You had me at ‘Serial.’” I get that. It’s as addictive and meme-y as audio has ever been/may ever get. Nailing the listenership of the Serial podcast that followed host Sarah Koenig’s journey into a cold Baltimore murder case is squishy because of all the […] more »

Education
02.05.2015

Young journalists hear enough bad news: The industry is in crisis, print journalism is dying, you’ll never find a job. But a booming bright spot remains: data journalism — new tools, new teams, new promise for hard-hitting investigative work and innovative reader engagement. So last May, after a few years at my college newspaper and […] more »

Education
01.29.2015

This guest post is co-authored by Sheryl Swingley. When I (Sheryl Swingley) found a proof copy of Thomas E. Patterson’s “Informing the News: The Need for Knowledge-Based Journalism” in my journalism department’s mailroom, I grabbed it. I’m with Mark Twain. I don’t like adjectives, but I use knowledge-based journalism in every sentence I can. I […] more »

EducationShift
01.27.2015

Marcelo Rochabrun, the outgoing editor-in-chief of the Daily Princetonian at Princeton University, recently declared in a goodbye letter to readers: “It’s hard being a student journalist at Princeton these days.” The chief challenge he said “Prince” staffers regularly face is criticism and even threats from fellow students — not administrators, alumni, faculty or nearby community members, […] more »

Education
01.26.2015

At most universities, students are required to take English composition courses, and at many others speech and/or foreign language classes are also required. Yet in the debate about teaching code in journalism programs, code is often reduced to a shiny toy. If we value clear writing and the ability to communicate clearly with a wide […] more »

Education
01.14.2015

EdShift curator Katy Culver recently posted a question to the ONA Educators group on Facebook. As we were gearing up for this series, she asked, what was their best advice for people teaching for the first time? Here are some of their replies, a roadmap for getting it right in teaching. Amy Simons Assistant Professor […] more »

Education
01.13.2015

When West Virginia University’s Reed College of Media wanted to incorporate innovative professionals in its curriculum, Dean Maryanne Reed decided to test a virtual approach. Each semester, a visiting professional leads a class focused on emerging skills but comes to campus only a handful of times. Working with a faculty member who serves students in […] more »

Education
01.07.2015

When you teach data reporting concepts to journalism students, you’re really teaching two things: the skills necessary to find and tell stories using data, and the knowledge required to understand the data itself. This past semester I was lucky to be able to work with students at West Virginia University’s Reed College of Media on […] 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.