Kathleen Bartzen Culver

Kathleen Bartzen Culver is an assistant professor in the School of Journalism & Mass Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, teaching and researching at the intersection of ethics and digital media practices. Culver also serves as associate director of the Center for Journalism Ethics and Education Curator for PBS MediaShift.

by Kathleen Bartzen Culver

Last year was one of challenging questions for media in the airing of graphic video: from Fox News’ decision to air a brutal video of a pilot being burned alive by ISIS to a 60 Minutes package on the aftermath of a sarin gas attack to dash-cam footage of the shooting of Laquan McDonald by Chicago […] more »

by Kathleen Bartzen Culver

I never thought I would write this: I was troubled by something, and Donald Trump helped me figure it out. Coming off the recent confrontation between protestors and journalists at the University of Missouri, I felt unsettled. My social media feeds — loaded with journalists, educators and students — almost immediately dissolved into a binary. Many […] more »

by Kathleen Bartzen Culver

As student protests over diversity concerns at the University of Missouri led to the resignation of two top administrators this month, the story drew national attention. Yet the historic nature of the protests dimmed almost as soon as it hit our screens, muted by a controversy over journalists’ access to the protestors’ encampment and the […] more »

by Kathleen Bartzen Culver

The MediaShift team is shocked and saddened to learn of the death of Dan Reimold, a contributor, friend and inspiration for all of us doing our best to usher in the next generation of journalists. A St. Joseph’s University assistant professor and founder of the College Media Matters blog, Dan researched, wrote and taught about […] more »

by Kathleen Bartzen Culver

It was the mother of all educator ironies. I was in a class to learn how to effectively do “blended learning” — the combination of in-person and online course activities to improve student learning. Planted at Starbucks with laptop, iPad, headphones and the largest caffeine-hyped iced tea they could brew me, I stared at the […] more »

by Kathleen Bartzen Culver

In the fall of 1986, I was one of a group of young upstarts who thought we would take on one of the oldest student newspapers in the country. I was a writer and editor on the staff of The Badger Herald, a weekly at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Founded in the campus turmoil of […] more »

by Kathleen Bartzen Culver

Eric Newton is a man of metaphors. A vocal and longtime advocate for improvements in journalism education and embrace of the digital age, Newton has used his position with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to champion a teaching hospital model for J-Schools. Like an academic medical center that trains people how to be doctors while caring […] more »

by Kathleen Bartzen Culver

As calls for improvements in journalism education expand, instruction in dealing with data keeps appearing as a consistent thread. To help educators consider how to do this across the curriculum, we’re revisiting the topic in this series. Our first look at teaching data journalism appeared last July, and the tools and approaches have expanded in the […] more »

by Kathleen Bartzen Culver

When I was hired at the University of Wisconsin-Madison to develop an intense (or perhaps insane) six-credit multimedia bootcamp course, I asked my husband to proof my syllabus before I had it copied. It laid out a semester’s worth of breakneck pace, challenging assignments and high expectations. Knowing me well from my days as his […] more »

by Kathleen Bartzen Culver

During my last full-time stint in a newsroom, my night-side colleagues and I used to sit around the bar at a little dive called the Calderone Club in Milwaukee. We would drink beer, eat garlic bread and tell war stories. There was the time features accidentally ran an advice column signature reading “Dead Abby.” And […] more »