Tag: american university

by Dena Levitz

Come January, let the games begin at American University. Along with courses in fundamental journalistic skills like writing, editing, photo and data, students will be able to take a class on the fundamentals of games. “The Design of Game Play” is  taught by Lindsay Grace, a well-known designer of games who previously started a similar [...] more »

by Margaret Looney

As an early adopter of convergence, award-winning journalist Sam Meddis made the leap to the web as USA Today’s online technology editor in the ’90s. And when USA Today wanted to ramp up its content with video coverage, he jumped at the chance to lead the team. Meddis, who now teaches at American University in [...] more »

by Dena Levitz

Between Sheryl Sandberg’s new “sort of feminist manifesto,” Marissa Mayer’s rapid post-pregnancy return to Yahoo, and The Atlantic’s viral cover story on whether women can have it all, discussions on female leadership and work-life balance have been everywhere lately. In today’s media climate, as more and more women step up to either lead or start [...] more »

by Caty Borum Chattoo

Last July, a high-speed train crashed in the Wenzhou suburbs of China’s Zhejiang Province, killing 38 people and injuring 192. The Chinese government’s media apparatus quickly swung into gear, working overtime to quell growing rumors of an engineering flaw that may have caused the crash. But despite the Chinese Communist Party’s attempt at full control [...] more »

by Patricia Aufderheide

As we listened to the 80 journalists we interviewed over the last year for a study, Copyright, Free Speech, and the Public’s Right to Know: How Journalists Think about Fair Use, we got a clear message: hard-working journalists are often confronted with copyright questions that threaten to keep them from doing their jobs well. Take [...] more »

by A. Adam Glenn

As debris from the firewall that once separated journalism from the business of journalism continues to fly, a new educational landscape is developing, one that supports and trains those straddling the line. American University is the latest to add to that, expecting soon to launch a full-fledged graduate degree in news entrepreneurship. The faculty at [...] more »

by Corbin Hiar

The Public Media 2.0 series on MediaShift is sponsored by American University’s Center for Social Media (CSM) through a grant from the Ford Foundation. Learn more about CSM’s research on emerging public media trends and standards at futureofpublicmedia.net. The last few months have been a bumpy stretch for public media. Due to controversial editorial decisions [...] more »

by Mark Glaser

I visited American University last month to try to answer a burning question for me: Why was the School of Communications there becoming such a hotbed for new forms of journalism? The Center for Social Media is there. The J-Lab, the Institute for Interactive Journalism, moved to American from the University of Maryland. And Charles [...] more »