Best Teaching Practices
your skills need a makeover...
Many journalism educators and mid-career journalists
are anxious these days about the aging state of their skills.
They want to know more about audio, video and interactive
tools, social networking and managing "citizen journalists",
etc. But there are no weekend spas for such makeovers. In
this piece, Steve Buttry, director of tailored programming
at the America Press Insitute, offers practical advice for
people who want to update their skills on their own. It's
followed by lots of additional advice from other mid-career
journalists and trainers, including Bill Dunphy of Toronto's
j-students to be "Citizen Journalists"
The University of Missouri's School of Journalism
is experimenting with a new course in citizen journalism.
Clyde Bently, an associate professor there, says its an attempt
to get students to learn new skills and explore the community
beyond the campus. They are required to take and share photos
online using photo sharing sites; cover beats by finding contributors
in the community to submit stories for them to edit; find
and develop bloggers and write a blog themselves. As Bently
says "we need to develop a journalism curriculum that
focuses on delivering the story with the soft touch of a symphony
conductor rather than the loud improvisation of a soloist."
to do with students who cheat
They are a challenge every journalism educator
faces at some point -- students who cut and paste material
from stories on the Internet; fabricate quotes; or pad bibliographies
and source lists. In this thoughtful piece, Alex Gillis, a
journalism instructor at Ryerson, describes his first experience
with cheating students and what he learned from it. He outlines
some of the surprising things he found out about why students
cheat (it's often the best students who cheat in an effort
to get an A) and what can be done to try to stop them. The
article includes links to resources from Canadian universities
that may be helpful to any educator determined to stop their
students from cheating.
reflective model for teaching journalism
This is a conference paper prepared for the first JourNet
international conference on Professional Education for the
Media that took place in Newcastle, Australia, in 2004. The
paper outlines a model that uses critical reflection as a
bridge between journalism theory and professional practice.
journalism via computer games
Two university professors in Minnesota are using a graphically-sophisticated
computer game, produced by a Canadian gaming company, in which
the students transform the medieval wizards and rogues into
news editors, reporters, and other modern characters. They
roleplay their way through a major news event.