Articles about "Journalism education and training"


Letter from Poynter India’s Workshop Team

Kochi, India, Workshop Participants. March 25, 2014 — One of the nicest traditions at The Poynter Institute is the seminar photograph. This is a record of a special time with colleagues and faculty and of new friends made.

When I … Read more

Shown are the main offices of the San Francisco Chronicle newspaper in San Francisco, Friday, March 13, 2009.(AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

S.F. Chronicle social ‘boot camp’ changing culture, practices

The 148-year-old San Francisco Chronicle has invested in an off-site incubator for its journalists to learn about and experiment with a variety of digital tools, including social media. PBS Media Shift explored goals of the “boot camp” in January.… Read more


What’s in a name? Not ‘journalism’ for some universities adapting to industry changes

Fulcrum On Wednesday, Adam Feibel reported in the University of Ottawa's Fulcrum that the Canadian school's journalism program would remain in a freeze for another year.
Admission to the program was frozen for the current academic year after a 2012 report to the university senate called the program “deeply troubled” and suggested its elimination. In August, it was revealed the program would be suspended in order to undergo improvements and would be reopened for the 2014–15 school year. But it’s not quite there yet. The university won’t be accepting any new students to the program next year, either. In an email to the Fulcrum, program coordinator Evan Potter said the university needed more time to review the program, and that the faculty and department are in discussion about where to go from here.
While not frozen, some schools have started dropping the word journalism from their names. On Feb. 24, Poynter reported that West Virginia University’s Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism plans to become the Reed College of Media. In October of last year, the board of trustees at Indiana University approved a new Media School, combining the journalism school with several other departments. In 2012, Emory University decided to close its journalism school. (more...)
SXSW Interactive and Film Festival attendees crowd the Austin Convention Center, Saturday, March 9, 2013 in Austin, Texas.(AP Photo/Jack Plunkett)

Poynter at SXSW: Welcome back to the WED dance

Editor’s Note: Poynter will be at South by Southwest, the annual music, movie and interactive festival, March 7-16, in Austin, Texas. Look for our Poynter faculty members, Roy Peter Clark, Ellyn Angelotti and Kelly McBride, and digital media reporter Read more


WVU drops ‘journalism’ from j-school’s name

The Daily Athenaeum | The Charleston Gazette
West Virginia University's Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism will rename itself the Reed College of Media, Carlee Lammers reports in the school's independent Daily Athenaeum.

"We thought our name wasn’t necessarily reflective of really where we are right now with our programs and where we want to go," Dean Maryanne Reed (no relation) tells the paper.
“Journalism is, of course, important to the school. We will always teach journalism,” she said. “We don’t know what will be under our umbrella in years to come as the industry changes. So, everything we do intersects with media."
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Journalism education site hopes to become hub for ‘solutions journalism’

PBS' MediaShift launched a site focused on journalism education Wednesday. EducationShift hopes to become "the central hub for journalism educators, students and professionals to find resources, tools and support for transforming their work," University of Wisconsin professor Katy Culver writes in an introductory post. Culver, who has taught and written for Poynter, is EducationShift's curator.

EducationShift went live with a collection of articles that suggest its focus will indeed be on “solutions journalism," as Culver puts it: Sue Robinson on "Creating a Social Media Class Out of Nothing"; Erica Salkin on how student journalists can avoid legal scuffles; Irving Washington on how to win a challenge grant for journalism education. The effort is funded by Knight and its "charter sponsor" is Scripps College of Communication at Ohio University.

The publication plans biweekly Twitter chats; this Friday at 1 p.m. ET Poynter's Howard Finberg and Eric Newton of the Knight Foundation will discuss whether j-school is necessary. Some texts you might want to bone up on if you're planning to tune in:

PoynterVision: For Journalism teaches journos to code

Dave Stanton introduces For Journalism, a platform aiming to equip journalists with technical skills to succeed in data journalism jobs.

Stanton, ringleader of the Kickstarter-backed project, and a stellar team of working journalists including those from NPR, ProPublica … Read more


Texas A&M brings back journalism major

Texas A&M will bring its major in journalism back next fall, the school reported on its website Monday. The decision was announced after approval Monday from the faculty senate.

According to the school: "It will be a small, rigorous program limited to 25 entering freshmen per year." Students will also have to pursue two minors.   Ten years ago, True Brown was a junior pursuing a journalism major and the editor of the student newspaper. He helped start a petition opposing ending the major and a web site dedicated to preserving the program. At the time, the student newspaper, The Battalion, ran a blank page with just these words: "THE TEXAS A&M ADMINISTRATION’S VISION OF JOURNALISM.” According to a 2003 story from the Student Press Law Center, the school said it stopped offering the major because it couldn't afford extra professors to keep the program going. (more...)

‘Man Bites Dog’ headline resurfaces, in Utah

Deseret News
Police say 27-year-old Erasmo Guadalupe Garcia-Serna bit a police dog in West Valley City, Utah. He was naked at the time, they allege.

The charges allowed the Deseret News to use a headline of mythical importance in journalism -- one that is elusive but not unheard of. (more...)
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David Carr joins Boston University

The Boston Globe
New York Times media reporter David Carr will become a professor at Boston University's College of Communication, Marcella Bombardieri reports. Carr will continue to write for the Times and will teach one class per semester at BU.

His job "appears to be among the first professorships dedicated to evaluating how media organizations can sustain themselves financially as readers and advertisers migrate to the Web, a crisis that has doomed some news organizations and threatens the viability of many others," Bombardieri writes.

Carr, who once wrote "Having seen many journalism programs up close, I can say that most are escalators to nowhere," told Bombardieri "a lot of journalism education that is going on is broadly not preparing kids for the world that they are stepping into.” He will teach a class in media criticism next year. He will not have tenure, Bombardieri writes.