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It’s another short week for me so I’m keeping things brief.
We’ve finalized the schedules for both Diversity Across the Curriculum and Teachapalooza, set for June 9 and June 10-12. As the students would say, here’s a little inspo from my camera roll for those of you still on the fence about attending. These are photos I shot in St. Pete and around Poynter. It’s really like this, I swear!
Come to St. Pete. It’s gonna be awesome. We’re going to have Pulitzer Prize winners, a real-live focus group, and sessions that range from how to teach freelancing to handling burnout and trauma in your students. And if you simply can’t make it, join us virtually!
Here’s hoping you had a great spring break, got a little rest and did some catching up. It’s just a few weeks until semester’s end — I know you can do it.
Old school effectiveness
This CNN story resonated with me and I’d love to see how your classes react: “For all the new tech aspects of Ukraine coverage, some of the most powerful moments come from tried-and-true journalism.”
But are the bathrooms clean?
This Taylor Lorenz story on digital rest stops got me thinking about how much fun student media could have filming some peaceful campus places and artifacts and dropping them in their social media feeds. I see a lot of opportunities for engagement, especially as students are looking for respites IRL and online as finals loom.
Stranger danger is no excuse
My editor flagged this Poynter piece by my colleague Amaris Castillo for its potential impact on young journalists — the value of walking up to strangers and telling their stories. Do your students struggle with this fundamental skill? Perhaps this can help — it contains advice from WriteLane podcaster and Pulitzer Prize winner Lane DeGregory and her editor, Maria Carrillo.
Money for student journalists
The Solutions Journalism Network is offering $10,000 awards to select student newsrooms for its latest project: “The Solutions Journalism Network is building a cohort of student newsrooms at colleges and universities for the 2022-23 academic year that will do solutions reporting on a topic of their choice. The project must focus on reporting stories in their community through a solutions lens. The student newsrooms will learn from each other and share insights from their projects with our growing network of journalists, educators and students. SJN’s goal is to catalyze reporting that looks at both the systemic issues facing communities and potential solutions to help them thrive.”
Organizers said the deadline has been extended from March 25 to March 30, so there’s still time to apply.
Headlines about higher ed
- Independent student paper accuses Berea College of censorship (Richmond Register)
- Law Students Shout Down Controversial Speakers (Inside Higher Ed)
- So, last Thursday a right-wing website published a story about me and another @BYU colleague. Since then I have received many harassing emails/voicemails. I have decided to make public those emails/voicemails in this thread. (Eric Ruiz Bybee, Twitter)
Great journalism to share with your students
- The death spiral of an American family (text and photos, Washington Post)
- Names on a list: Fleeing Mariupol, one checkpoint at a time (multimedia, AP)
- Stan the T. rex found! World’s most expensive fossil finds home in a new museum (text and photos, National Geographic)
Diversity, equity and inclusion
- Most HBCU bomb threats may be coming from one juvenile, FBI official tells Congress (Virginia Mercury)
- Medicine lost the trust of many Black Americans. How can it be restored? (Color Code podcast, Stat)
This week in fact checking
People often ask Poynter’s many fact-checking arms not just how to fact check, but how to inform people that they are misinformed. This week fact-checkers found an ally in a somewhat unlikely celebrity. Consider sharing with your classes “Why Arnold Schwarzenegger’s video to Russians is a master class in how to get people to reconsider their views” from PolitiFact.
This week’s Professor’s Press Pass
In this week’s Professor’s Press Pass, we ask students to weigh in on the recent “brand” controversy brought to light by a Twitter tiff between two high-profile journalists.
Professor’s Press Pass is a library of more than 50 journalism case studies that asks students to focus on a single breaking issue in journalism ethics and business. A subscription costs $12 a month or $100 a year, and new case studies are added weekly.
Resources for educators
- Subscribe to The Collective — Poynter’s monthly newsletter for journalists of color by journalists of color.
- Time for a new job? Your future employer is looking for you on The Media Job Board — Powered by Poynter, Editor & Publisher and America’s Newspapers. Search now!
- Diversity Across the Curriculum (in-person seminar) — June 9. Apply now.
- Teachapalooza: Front-Edge Teaching Tools for College Educators (in person or online seminar) — June 10-12. Apply now.