This week I had the privilege of speaking to students at Morgan State University in Baltimore. I was nervous to be in front of a classroom again — most of the student-focused work I’ve been doing has been in small groups and with student media. But I shouldn’t have worried. Of course, the students rose to the occasion, and we enjoyed some great debates about current events in journalism. (Full disclosure, I relied heavily on the discussion questions in several of Poynter’s Professor’s Press Passes.)
It was a lot of fun to be up in front of students, spurring conversation and encouraging critical thinking. That’s why I want to point you to a couple of free resources that focus on letting you facilitate discussion vs. traditional lecturing.
As I’ve previously written, Poynter is partnering with The Free Speech Center at Middle Tennessee State University to produce 10 free case studies in Professor’s Press Pass centered on the First Amendment. Two have already posted — Taking the Rap for Murder and new this week, Taking a Knee for Free Speech. (The rest of the PPP case studies require a subscription to access, but the Free Speech Center paid Poynter to make sure these free expression sources were free. That’s a lot of free, folks.)
These case studies focus on issues specific to the First Amendment, press freedoms, campus news and legal matters. I hope you find them useful as you explore these issues with your students on an ongoing basis. Talking about free expression and freedom of speech with students always seems to spark something in both student and teacher — I hope these help!
News of note
The Howard Center for Investigative Journalism at the University of Maryland wows once again with its “Printing Hate” series. More than 30 stories are planned that explore the racist past of American newspapers and their powerful role in promoting systemic racism and race-based crimes like lynchings. Students from the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism, Hampton University, Howard University, Morehouse College, Morgan State University, North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University and the University of Arkansas contributed. The stories, which will continue to be published twice weekly through mid-December, will be posted to Maryland’s Capital News Service website, on the National Association of Black Journalists’ news site and on Word in Black, a collaboration of the nation’s leading Black news publishers.
The Chronicle of Higher Education’s newsletter Race on Campus had an interesting Q&A last week with Leonard N. Moore, who teaches an undergraduate course at the University of Texas called “History of the Black Power Movement” and recently wrote a book called “Teaching Black History to White People.”
Seems like a lot of people are talking about “It’s time to create an alternative path into a journalism career” from Nieman Lab.
I will be following this with interest: Bates College Administration Censors Student Reporters Covering Staff Unionization (The Intercept) and Student journalists became the story in a fraught Bates College union drive (Bangor [Maine] Daily News).
I was interested to see this Teen Vogue story, “Student Journalists Say Online Harassment Is a Major Issue,” in which several student media leaders are quoted. Great job to that staff for talking to the right sources.
Students at The Chronicle at Duke have unveiled “Coach K: The King of Cameron,” a 136-page book documenting the career of head coach Mike Krzyzewski. The famed coach is headed into his final season coaching the Blue Devils.
The Chronicle, Duke’s independent student news organization, has covered nearly all of the 1,400 Duke games Krzyzewski has coached in his more than four-decade career. The bulk of this book consists of original writing by 38 former and current Chronicle staffers and at least 35 Chronicle photographers. The $30 book is being sold through Duke University Stores, and much of the proceeds will support The Chronicle.
Hear the pros go behind the scenes
WriteLane podcast host and Tampa Bay Times writer Lane DeGregory is out with a new series called, “Who wants to be a cop?” DeGregory and photographer John Pendygraft talk in the latest WriteLane episode about spending six months at a police academy. They were curious, in the wake of 2020 protests, who would be drawn to policing and what recruits are being taught.
- SEC fines Tennessee Volunteers $250K for fan behavior at end of loss to Ole Miss Rebels (ESPN)
- Mt. Holyoke prof pleads guilty to attempted murder in 2019 assault; judge mulls sentencing (Greenfield [Massachusetts] Recorder)
- Localization potential: College towns plan to challenge results of 2020 census (AP)
- 22 complaints now reported in lawsuit accusing Liberty University of creating unsafe campus environment (WFXR, Virginia)
Great journalism to share with your students
- Tiny wrists in cuffs: How police use force against children (AP)
- For the diehard journalism nerds among your students (or those with an interest in the business side of things): The Men Who Are Killing America’s Newspapers | Inside Alden Global Capital, the secretive hedge fund gutting newsrooms and damaging democracy (The Atlantic)
- Leaked documents reveal the fossil fuel and meat producing countries lobbying against climate action (Unearthed)
Reinforce diversity, equity and inclusion in your classroom 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. I also include headlines about DEI news and issues.
- The unstoppable dreams of USMNT prodigy Ricardo Pepi (ESPN)
- Black Borrowers Have Been Excluded From the Student-Debt Conversation, Report Says (Chronicle of Higher Education)
- Ida’s forgotten victims: Nearly all storm’s basement deaths were Asian residents, obscured by climate injustice (NBC News)
This week, we featured … me! I guest wrote Taylor Blatchford’s excellent newsletter for student journalists, offering my best advice to students who find themselves suddenly in the odd position of editing, producing or otherwise managing their friends. I hope you find it helpful!
One last thing
I’d love to know what your students think about this: “It’s Quitting Season.”
Resources for Journalists
- Get access to a growing library of case studies — Professor’s Press Pass
- Get your facts from a Pulitzer Prize winner. Subscribe to PolitiFact for the week’s top fact-checks and analyses.
- Hands-on Fact-checking: A Short Course (Webinar) — Start Anytime
- Join us at our virtual Celebration of Journalism honoring Lesley Stahl on Nov. 10 — Tickets.