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Education
09.11.2014
by Michael W. Wagner

The political reporter’s professional toolkit keeps expanding. Journalists are using social science research, “big data” and innovative alternative story formats to better serve their audience. Journalism education is catching up too, as Vicki Krueger and Katherine Krueger have shown here on EducationShift. I’m a long-time critic of political news coverage that treats politics like a [...] more »

Education
09.04.2014

It’s a common problem whenever you teach a visual course — how do you instill the idea of visual variety? Here at the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, I’ve introduced a photo assignment that the kids call the Dr. Seuss Assignment with the goal of helping them find different ways [...] more »

Education
08.29.2014

You’re neither a dusty old prof sliding acetates onto a projector nor are you all revved up for a full MOOC. You’re just you, wanting to be a little better, hoping to engage your students in a new way or free up a little face time for talking. It’s time to start flipping. MOOC? Flipping? [...] more »

Education
08.29.2014

Digital tools can make journalism more powerful. They also can make you a more powerful teacher. Whether you’re looking for new tools to use in your classroom or you want to ensure your students have the skills they need to succeed when they graduate, digital tools can help. At Poynter’s News University, we’ve been building [...] more »

#EdShift Chats
08.25.2014

On Tuesday, Aug. 26, our #EdShift chat will focus on blended learning in the classroom. Join us at 1 pm Eastern Time/12 pm Central Time/10 am Pacific Time as we discuss tools and platforms for this increasingly popular hybrid teaching model. The chat will be moderated as usual by MediaShift’s Education Curator Katy Culver, with special guests [...] more »

Education
08.21.2014

Each semester, many of us ship our students outward toward internships. We hope they are headed to places that will treat them with respect, to managers who will teach them, to environments where they can learn the business and get a sense of what they want to do and what they don’t want to do. I’ve [...] more »

Education
08.07.2014

“For our semester project,” I announced to my SP402 class last spring, “you will plan, create multimedia content for, and launch a website dedicated to a shared topic.” The students of this upper-division course — mainly juniors and seniors — looked at each other and then me, bewildered. Evidently that was not what they expected [...] more »

Education
07.11.2014

I have stopped using New York Times data visualizations in my training presentations to educators and students. Don’t get me wrong. They’re spectacular. This one setting winter Olympic event finishes to music completely changed my understanding of timed events. I learned about the nightmare of balancing the federal budget. And I figured out why World Cup [...] more »

Education
07.10.2014

Let’s start with some analysis of why I chose seven ways to incorporate data journalism into your classes. I’m Irish, and it’s my lucky number. It was my basketball jersey number, and it’s the exact number of pints of Harp I can drink before falling off a barstool. But seriously, data, like writing a clever [...] more »

Education
07.09.2014

Alexander B. Howard is a writer and editor based in Washington, D.C. He is currently a fellow at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University and recently produced a report on data journalism, “The Art and Science of Data-Driven Journalism” (PDF). EducationShift talked with Howard about the report and what educators should take [...] 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.