Archive for November, 2008

Tough job market for journalism grads

It’s that time of year again in j-schools across the country. Major news organizations are sending reps to interview top journalism students for summer internship programs. As usual, students who have made the interview shortlists are busy cramming for the interviews, desperate to impress with their skills, experience and passion to be storytellers. Landing a summer job in […]

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Young journalists need multimedia skills

Young journalists need multimedia journalism skills if they want an edge in today’s job market. That’s what the new day editor of The Globe and Mail, Jim Sheppard, told students and faculty at Carleton University’s School of Journalism on a recent visit. Sheppard says when The Globe has jobs to fill, it wants to find […]

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Staggering growth in online audience at the Globe

Unlike most newspapers in North America, Canada’s Globe and Mail is not losing newspaper readers these days. But while the growth in readers of the traditional newspaper product is modest, according to Jim Sheppard, the executive editor of globeandmail.com, the growth in numbers of people visiting the globeandmail.com  is “staggering.” Sheppard told the faculty at Carleton University’s […]

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Two great web versions of Obama’s speech

As others have pointed out, The New York Times provided a terrific version of the speech Obama’s historic speech on election night that includes both the video of the speech and a dynamic transcript which allows viewers to isolate sections of the speech and navigate to them instantly. As well,  CNN provided an edited version of the […]

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The Globe creates a new editor’s role

The Globe and Mail has just named its technology columnist, Matthew Ingram, to a new role as Communities Editor. He explains on his blog that even he’s not quite sure what that means. “As far as I’m concerned, it means a chance to apply some of those Web 2.0, “media is a conversation,” social-networking principles (the kind […]

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Teaching vs. Learning

I’ve been thinking about the role of the learner vs. the role of the teacher ever since I read this recent post  Mindy McAdams’ blog Teaching Online Journalism. In it, she makes the case that students learn far more by doing than by sitting in a classroom listening to a teacher. It’s something any teacher knows, but […]

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Welcome

This is an occasional blog that I plan to use to share my observations and pass on tips and advice to my students, past and present, about the practice of journalism in Canada today, especially mutimedia journalism.  I teach online and multimedia journalism courses and am particularly interested in the way journalism and newsrooms are changing these days and […]

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