October 3, 2021

I’ve got news I’m really excited to share with you.

The Scripps Howard Foundation has stepped forward to sponsor our upcoming online seminar Diversity Across the Curriculum. Their generosity will cut tuition by half, so participants will only have to pay $250 (and by that, I mean hopefully participants’ employers will pay for it).

This training teaches university journalism professors how to examine existing curriculum for oversights and opportunities, apply strategies to develop new materials that emphasize diversity and inclusion, and devise concrete ways to infuse inclusion and diversity into their existing teaching.

And if I do say so myself, it’s a great group bonding experience and challenging eye-opener.

The training is led by nationally recognized expert Earnest Perry, associate dean for graduate studies and research at the University of Missouri.

Applications are due Friday, Oct. 8.

We have gotten a lot of questions about this, but we typically only accept one professor per university vs. accepting a group from the same university. So that we can spread our teaching to as many people as possible, we ask that accepted professors take our course and then take what they’ve learned and share it formally with their faculty.

If you have any questions about the course, please email me at ballen@poynter.org.

I hope to see many of you apply for this valuable and fascinating course.

Professional development

This week The New York Times announced its new Corps, designed to replace its 20-year-old Student Journalism Institute.

Some details from the release: “The program, named The New York Times Corps, will pair college freshmen, sophomores and some juniors who aspire to have journalism careers with Times journalists. Students will talk with their advisers perhaps two or three times a year, up to the duration of students’ undergraduate careers. Those conversations will focus specifically on career-building advice. Occasional speakers, training and activities will punctuate the experience.

“Students who complete the program will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to New York City, where they will tour the newsroom and meet Times journalists in person. The best-performing Times Corps members, after they graduate, also may receive consideration for The New York Times Fellowship, an immersive, yearlong work program.” Read more here.

Along those lines, on Tuesday, the Los Angeles Times’ Joe Serna is hosting a virtual event for young and early career journalists who want to end up at the LA Times. Sign up or read more here.

Florida’s big giveaway

The University of Florida is the home of one of journalism’s most lucrative cash prizes, and this week it announced a new winner. The Marshall Project and Mississippi Today won the $25,000 Collier Prize for State Government Accountability for their five-part investigative series into Mississippi’s penal system. A release said that the award was founded by Nathan S. Collier, chair of The Collier Companies in Gainesville, Florida, who is also a descendant of Peter Collier, founder of Collier’s, a weekly magazine focused on investigative journalism, in 1888.

Increasingly common

More and more, I feel like we’re hearing from young journalists that the old way of student newspapering is simply unsustainable. The latest is this column from The Michigan Daily: From the Editor: I’m taking a break, and here’s why.

It reminds me of the decision last year where the editor at South Carolina simply said, we’re going dark for a week.

What kinds of discussions are you having with your students around burnout, student journalism responsibilities and mental health?

Don’t forget to go Greek

It felt to me like there were a lot of headlines out there in the last month that centered on Greek life crises, from a hazing death investigation to sexaul assault protests to concerns about equity and mental health. If you aren’t already, is it time to take the temperature of Greek life at your school?

College headlines

Great journalism to share with your students

Diverse headlines

One valuable way that you can reinforce diversity, equity and inclusion in your classroom is by sharing journalism about, by and for diverse communities — not just stories that are predominantly by and about cisgender white people. Consider ways in which you could use these stories in your curriculum. Here are a few examples I saw this week.

Internship Database

This week, we’re featuring some outstanding internships in our own backyard — the Tampa Bay Times.

Editors say: “The Times’ 10-week summer interns gain hands-on experience alongside mentors, editors and reporters who offer guidance and work with them as equals. We have openings in news, photo, sports, engagement and copy. Interns receive training sessions with our award-winning staff. They take ownership of a wide variety of assignments and build relationships in our collegial, independently owned newsroom. Summer interns receive $525 for a 40-hour week. Top candidates for this competitive program have generally been juniors, seniors and graduate students pursuing a career in media/news. In most cases, top applicants have completed a prior professional news internship.”

To see all of Poynter’s internship listings, go here. And FYI, we are in the process of revamping this database. We’d love user feedback, so feel free to drop me a line at ballen@poynter.org about how you and your students use this feature and how we could improve it.

The Lead

This week, we featured a how-to from The Bates Student, in Lewiston, Maine. In it, the former editor describes how she came to embrace and value a digital-first approach. It’s good reading for your students if they are struggling with the same thing.

For more stories, columns and advice about student journalism, subscribe to The Lead, Poynter’s weekly newsletter for student journalists, and encourage your students to do the same.

This week’s Professor’s Press Pass

What does “off the record” really mean? In this week’s Professor’s Press Pass, we examine a recent dust-up among high-profile journalists and ask students to read up on the history of this phrase and consider its applications.

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Barbara Allen is the director of college programming for Poynter. Prior to that, she served as managing editor of Poynter.org. She spent two decades in…
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