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:
- Newton's digital book "Searchlights and Sunglasses" about journalism education, which Lauren Klinger wrote about for Poynter last fall.
- Three pieces by Finberg: "Journalism schools need to adapt or risk becoming irrelevant" | "Journalism education cannot teach its way to the future" | "6 foundations tell journalism schools to change faster or risk future funding"