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Education
03.26.2015
by Simon Rogers

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
01.05.2015

There is an essential tension that occupies the space between professional journalists and journalism educators. Professionals who are siloed in either sphere can stigmatize or devalue the work happening in the other. This animosity is intensified by the constant push to assign blame for J-Schools falling behind on training the next generation of journalists. As […] more »

Education
12.29.2014

Back in October, I delivered opening remarks at the Reynolds Journalism Institute’s Green Shoots in Journalism Education event. I said I can be accused of donning rose-colored glasses, of seeing the curricular glass as at least half full. These can be difficult days for those of us who teach journalism. It’s easy to get pessimistic looking […] more »

EducationShift
12.18.2014

A picture may not always be worth 1,000 words, but when it comes to telling a good story, it can certainly help a lot — particularly if it’s based on reliable data and it’s interactive and animated. That’s the philosophy behind the new graduate offering of the School of Communication of the University of Miami (UM): A Data […] more »

Education
12.04.2014

Earlier this fall, the National Football League delivered body blow after body blow to itself. From video of a star player punching his partner to public relations pummelings, one could assume this popular American sports league would be down for the count. That is simply not the case. According to a recent NBC News/Marist poll, nearly 90 percent of NFL […] more »

Education
11.24.2014

Numeracy, or numerical literacy, is at the heart of data journalism. And if you are the kind of person who wants to become more numerate in order to do data journalism (maybe you’re a designer? A student? An inquisitive citizen?), one way to start is by thinking about a horse. Specifically, I’d like you to […] more »

Education
11.19.2014

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 »


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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.