Articles about "Journalism education and training"


Ball State students will cover Olympics in Sochi

The Associated Press Students at Ball State University will cover the Sochi Olympics from Sochi early next year, the Associated Press reported Wednesday. BSU at the Games will take 22 students to Sochi with the "student-managed freelance news agency that will produce stories, photos, videos and graphics from the Olympics."
Students from Ball State University took some time off of reporting to cheer on the U.S Women's Soccer team at the London Olympics. Photo from BSU at the Games.
There, as part of the school's immersive learning experience, students will "gain unparalleled career experience in journalism, telecommunications, digital sports media production, photojournalism, public relations and graphic design," according to the project's web site. The program is part of a class and costs students extra, said journalism instructor Ryan Sparrow in a phone interview. (more...)
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What students need to know about code and data viz

A stunning amount of data is available to journalists these days, and it is growing exponentially. Not surprisingly, the need for data journalists is expanding as well.

Data-driven journalism is a diverse field that involves interpreting data, developing programming code, … Read more

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Journalists under attack: Pros offer safety advice

Look at this page on the Committee to Protect Journalists’ website and feel a pain in your gut. The site documents the 45 journalists who have been killed on the job worldwide this year. Most were covering human rights, politics … Read more

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The Daily Bruin's reporting on the struggle of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people in Malawi to gain health care was supported by the Bridget O'Brien Scholarship Foundation. (DaiyBruin.com)

UCLA reporting honors photojournalist’s memory

In their last year of college, a reporter and photographer spent 24 days in Malawi conducting interviews and taking photographs to create an ambitious newspaper report about a sensitive human-rights story. But to pay for the trip, they didn’t have … Read more

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Tips for Storytellers: How to make photos better

As a designer and editor, my projects have been made infinitely better because I’ve worked with stellar photojournalists. They’ve patiently schooled me on the importance of capturing the moment, finding the best light and thinking about composition. Here are a … Read more

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Tips for Storytellers: How to polish your writing

Lucky me. My office is two doors down from one of the world’s best writing coaches. I go to Roy Peter Clark often when writer’s block hits me. Here, you’ll find a few particularly helpful tips. Part of a series … Read more

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Indiana University alum on j-school’s new home: ‘Trust but verify’

Indiana University's board of trustees voted Friday to approve a new Media School, which will combine the old journalism school with the departments of Communications and Culture and Telecommunications. The new school will officially open on July 1, 2014. Lesa Hatley Major, currently the journalism school's interim dean, will be the new school's associate dean.

The move will take the journalism school from its current home in Ernie Pyle Hall to Franklin Hall. In response to the possible merger and the move, a Facebook page launched in February to Save Ernie Pyle Hall, or at least get the new school named after the famous newsman.

Owen Johnson, associate professor in the school of journalism and also leading the Ernie Pyle Legacy Committee, said he was initially concerned about the merger "because it seemed as if it was tilting away from a professional/academic balance into an academic bias," Johnson wrote in an e-mail to Poynter. "But as discussions continued, especially last summer, it seems clear that the balance will remain and both sides will be beefed up."

But some alumni are concerned about what the merger means for the school of journalism and Pyle's legacy. (more...)
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How journalists can learn statistics through real life, not abstractions

If you were never good at math as a kid, you can still be a successful, award-winning data journalist. Matt Waite is a prime example. Waite, journalism professor at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, told Poynter that the way he wrapped his … Read more

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Tips for Storytellers: Get your video right

If you never trained for video, here are a few basic tips from Regina McCombs, senior editor for visual news at Minnesota Public Radio and Poynter adjunct faculty.

Part of a series of graphics with tips for storytellers, this infographic … Read more

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$1 million in micro-grants available to journalism schools

Journalism schools are being challenged to lead innovative as part of a trifecta of digital initiatives announced by the Knight Foundation today. A four-way collaboration among the Democracy Fund, the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, the Excellence and Ethics in Journalism Foundation, and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and run by the Online News Association, the Challenge Fund is a “micro-granting program for journalism schools that want to experiment, want to try live news experiments,” said Eric Newton, adviser to the Knight Foundation president. The 15-25 Challenge Fund grantee teams will get a maximum of $35,000 to produce news projects that foster collaboration, engender student-produced community news coverage, and experiment with new digital technology. “We hope that through these experiments, those will show that the different kinds of things – the research parts of the university, the tech parts of the university, the journalism parts – can be on a team to try something new,” Newton said. In “Searchlights and Sunglasses,” a digital tool and teaching tool also unveiled today, Newton alludes to this and programs like it, saying, “We need to develop truth technology to counter those who will use the new tools to mislead.” The opportunity is there for journalism students and researchers to be the innovators, he said. Two teams will win overall prizes, according to the four organizations’ press release – overall prizes will go to “the project most likely to change either local newsgathering, journalism education or both” and to “the best project evaluation, regardless of the experiment’s outcome.” Winners will be chosen by academic advisers and ONA leaders. Great tools for storytelling and newsgathering are being invented in colleges, Newton said, but not usually in journalism departments. “There’s no technological reason why a journalism school couldn’t be part of the whole university, including the part that’s making the communication technologies of tomorrow, and making sure those developments help society,” he said. “The only barrier is a self-constructed one – there’s not a moat filled with hot lava.” OpenNews Gets $4 Million to Expand Knight-Mozilla Program The third part of today’s Knight Foundation announcements is that the Knight Foundation will expand its Knight-Mozilla project, OpenNews, by $4 million. Born from Mozilla in 2010 and supported by Knight funding since 2011, OpenNews places Knight-Mozilla fellows in newsrooms to develop digital answers to newsroom problems. The fellows have created more than 50 software projects, according to the Knight Foundation. The additional funds will support the fellowship program, journalism “hack days,” “Source,” an OpenNews online publication in which developers can share code and journalism tools, and the 2014 Source Conference, which the foundation press release describes as an “unconference” and hack day devoted to journalism technology.
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