EducationShift

Innovation

Education
07.02.2015
by Susan Zake

The idea to hold a hackathon at Kent State began with one sentence in a proposal for an AEJMC/Knight News Challenge Bridge Grant. I wanted to hold an environmentally themed hack, perhaps a smaller version of the international Ecohack World event, to inspire my journalism students to approach technology in a more “hands-on” way and […] more »

Education
06.18.2015

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 »

Education
06.18.2015

There’s no shortage of tools available to help journalists gather information and produce it for different audiences in compelling ways: stories told through audio, video, timelines, maps, charts, graphs and words. But when it comes to teaching students how to do journalism, it’s not about the tools. It’s about getting them to think critically as […] more »

#EdShift Chats
06.18.2015

On Tuesday, June 23, our #EdShift chat on Twitter will cover how student media outlets are confronting the changing landscape in media by shifting their products away from print in favor of the web and social media coverage. In many ways, they’re pushing the envelope ahead of professional news organizations, and in the process, they’re […] more »

Education
06.04.2015

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 »

Collaboration
06.02.2015

Not only is technology developing rapidly in today’s society, but the ways in which it’s used to tell stories and deliver news are also changing. Matt Sheehan, director of the Innovation News Center (INC) at the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications, is experimenting with this reality. Through a partnership with anonymous messaging […] more »

Education
05.26.2015

If there’s one thing journalism educators, scholars, and practitioners seem to agree on, it’s that the field of journalism education needs help — a new vision, fresh lifeblood, and perhaps a bit of disruptive innovation. Today, much of the dialogue on reinventing journalism education centers on a single concept: the teaching hospital model. Widely discussed as […] more »

Education
05.14.2015

18 days, 13 hours, and 36 minutes — that’s how long it took to turn a dream into a reality (or, at least, a realistic business plan). Ever since I was accepted into the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University, it seems as if every professor I encounter advocates the same idea: “The […] more »

Collaboration
05.11.2015

Call it “Mission Improbable.” Assign teams of journalists, digital developers, designers, civic leaders and students – most never having worked together — to produce data-driven tools and stories tackling some of the toughest issues facing Portland and Oregon. And get it done in 72 hours. After three days and a few missteps, mission (pretty much) […] more »

Education
04.16.2015

After we’ve written leads and produced stories and after I’ve given lectures on media law, reporter’s privilege and the authority of the AP Stylebook, I facilitate in my classrooms what I believe to be one of the most important discussions of our semester. Why are we storytellers? We know what we’re doing and we’re learning […] more »


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About EducationShift

EducationShift aims to move journalism education forward with coverage of innovation in the classroom as journalism and communications schools around the globe are coping with massive technological change. The project includes a website, bi-weekly Twitter chats at #EdShift, mixers and workshops, and webinars for educators.

  • Katy Culver: Education Curator
  • Mark Glaser: Executive Editor
  • Lauren Simonis: Education Intern
  • Design: Vega Project

MediaShift received a grant from the Knight Foundation to revamp its EducationShift section to focus on change in journalism education. It will extend the conversation started by Eric Newton's "Searchlights and Sunglasses," a resource for journalism educators.