Tag: journalism

by Amy Schmitz Weiss

New years and new semesters give educators the opportunity to review past courses and identify ways to change and improve them. In 2014, improvement can pave the way for innovation. If you think innovation requires a lot of resources and money, my experience has shown you can do more with less. You can take small [...] more »

by Lauren Simonis

With changes in the field of journalism, it’s important to take a look at how new professionals are learning their skills in journalism and communication schools. In early December, #wjchat focused on what journalism schools are doing right and wrong, as well as ways to improve journalism education, with special guest Eric Newton from the [...] more »

by Lauren Simonis

How do students and professors work together and build community in journalism classrooms? The first #EdShift Twitter chat discussed tools and approaches that foster a collaborative environment. Storify [View the story "#EdShift - Dec 10" on Storify] Lauren Simonis is a senior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison studying Journalism and English. She is an intern [...] more »

by Jenny Shank

This summer The Onion ran a satirical piece purporting to be an op-ed by CNN’s managing editor, Meredith Artley, titled, “Let Me Explain Why Miley Cyrus’ VMA Performance Was Our Top Story This Morning.” Her explanation for why CNN filled the top news slot with the story “Miley Cyrus Did What???” (this was the actual [...] more »

by Stephen J. A. Ward

Ironically, journalists -— a group normally reluctant to theorize —- are today up to their ears in definitions, a favorite activity of philosophers. For some time, journalists and their associations have been trying anxiously to define “journalist” and “journalism” as a media revolution blurs the differences between professional journalists and citizens. I have some bad [...] more »

by Stephen J. A. Ward

This an opinion post by correspondent Stephen Ward. Transparency, according to optimistic accounts, is the answer to bad government and wrongdoing by corporations and news media. Let the “sunshine” of transparency enter the public domain and watch these evil forces retreat. Transparency — monitoring how agencies operate — goes back to the trumpeting of “publicity” [...] more »

by Ryan Frank

I have a confession: I was part of the problem for American newspapers. In 2005, I had just started covering City Hall, and I felt like my newspaper career had taken off. I covered people in suits walking fast through an important building. I measured my success by how many times I landed on the [...] more »

by Amy Schmitz Weiss

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have become a hot topic this year in the press. It seems on a daily basis there is some article or blog post talking about the latest MOOC platform, MOOC course being offered or debate surrounding the issue regarding this type of learning. It should be no surprise that the [...] more »

by Sisi Wei, ProPublica

Journalists can learn a lot from videogames. Games can help players explore unfamiliar worlds and experience stories, almost literally, through the eyes of another person. Designed well, videogames guide players to feel emotion and conflict, as well as learn the intricacies of complex subjects and systems. They engage users in a highly meaningful, memorable and [...] more »

by Gary Kebbel

The start of classes this fall will also bring renewed debate about what journalism and mass communications colleges should teach in an age of disruption. Professors are trying to figure out how we should be preparing students for jobs that don’t exist yet. Or for jobs that will exist in two years, but won’t in [...] more »