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Education
11.19.2014
by Jan Schaffer

J-Lab director Jan Schaffer is wrapping up 20 years of raising money to give it away to fund news startups, innovations and pilot projects. She is pivoting J-Lab to do discrete projects and custom training and advising that build on her expertise. After two decades of work at the forefront of journalism innovations, interactive journalism […] more »

Education
11.13.2014

Like many journalism educators, I spend a significant amount of time in my classes drawing what I hope is an unimpeachable link between journalism at its finest and democracy at its purest. I quote James Madison (in faux Colonial voice, no less), we read Cato’s letters, and my students learn what “watchdog” and the “Fourth […] more »

Education
11.07.2014

This Storify follows an Oct. 30 event at the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism. In celebration of the latest update to Eric Newton’s Searchlights and Sunglasses, RJI highlighted positive efforts and innovations during its “Green Shoots in Journalism Education” program. Participants in person and via livestream heard from three deans, […] more »

Education
10.27.2014

Leyla Akincilar is a former administrator, teacher, coach and curriculum director. After 13 years in urban education, both in public and charter schools, Akincilar recently took her skills from the classroom at KIPP Bayview Academy to EduCrate, an ed-tech startup that is curating educational videos to help teachers bring rigor, differentiation and engagement to their […] more »

Education
10.23.2014

By 10:15 a.m. on a typical Thursday, high school senior Ariella Appleby has conducted a brainstorming session with 16 of her peers, edited a news brief, conferenced with a classmate about style errors and editorializing on Instagram captions, and prepared interview questions for her upcoming in-depth package on school safety. She also has addressed at […] more »

Education
10.21.2014

When Common Core State Standards appeared in 2010, after more than two years of development, high school journalism teachers weren’t sure what to think. On one hand, those CCSS English Language Arts college- and career-readiness standards sounded a lot like what they were doing already. For instance, Grades 6-12 — Text types & purposes includes […] more »

Education
10.16.2014

In 2011, leading global media players gathered at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., to discuss Advocacy Journalism in the Digital Age. Three years is a long time in the digital space (consider — Instagram was launched late 2010), but the words of the conference’s keynote speaker, Monumental Sports and Entertainment CEO Ted Leonis, could easily […] more »

Education
10.10.2014

I preach diversity. It is woven throughout most of my work. I work on projects aimed to help diversify our industry and also write about trying to hold us accountable to it. But, who holds me accountable? Am I practicing what I preach? Awhile back I heard a great segment on On The Media with […] more »

Education
10.09.2014

In a year where firebrand journalists were hailed “disrupters” and lauded for boldly shaking up the establishment while blazing a trail for the future of online journalism, the beneficiaries have been starkly homogenous: Nearly all were male, and the vast majority were white. Due in no small part to the rise of brands like Vox, […] more »

Education
10.06.2014

At the opening keynote of the Online News Association conference in Chicago last week, I found a seat next to one of this year’s 936 first-timers. He was a little daunted by the program and asked me, an ONA sophomore, for advice. “Don’t worry about getting to everything that looks interesting,” I told him.  “You […] 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
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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.