Citizen Journalism
by Joy Mayer

Editor’s note: This post was written before the recent protests at the University of Missouri. The author reports that the engagement strategies discussed below are being put to significant use as these student journalists face the biggest news of their lives so far. Journalism educators have long faced the challenge of simulating or creating newsroom experiences. We […] more »


Last fall, 10 students from some of Georgia’s top colleges and universities gathered in a campus laboratory to embark on an experiment. We were among that group.  Although we did not know it yet, it soon became clear that we were both conducting the experiment and serving as its subjects. The Georgia News Lab is […] more »


Journalism education faces multiple challenges in making sure students are learning basic news gathering and reporting skills but also adept with various digital technologies and platforms. Students entering newsrooms now are expected to know how to write a story, take digital photos, capture audio, make multimedia packages, create infographics, and know code to make apps […] more »


On Wednesday evening, University of Oregon master’s student Stephanie Essin and her team began with a story idea about a dancing clown. By Sunday morning, they’d crafted a thoughtful examination of racial identity and gentrification in northeast Portland. “The story turned into something with a lot more substance than red noses and face makeup,” Essin […] more »


The following featured speech by Florida International University’s Allan Richards was presented at the Breakfast for Editing Champions session at the AEJMC 2015 national conference in San Francisco in August. The speech spoke to the great need for balancing the teaching of digital skills with language and writing skills. Good Morning, I want to thank […] more »


A week before I attended Hack the Gender Gap, I was given the assignment to create a video/audio postcard by my videography professor at the University of Nevada, Reno. I instantly knew I wanted to document my time at my very first hackathon for the project. I’m all about female empowerment, so it was inspiring […] more »


“Is tech a boys’ club?” An audience of mostly women looked around, exchanging nods. Willow Bay, director of the USC Annenberg School of Journalism, posed this question to a panel of successful women from the tech and media industries on Oct. 9. The event kicked off a weekend-long women’s hackathon aimed at encouraging college women […] more »


The University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications has just launched a program that allows graduates of its online master’s degrees a chance to continue engaging with online classes for the rest of their lives. It gives access to high-quality, lifelong learning. It ensures that the knowledge and skills we provide our graduate students […] more »

Digging Deeper

This piece is written with students in the Senior Multimedia Capstone at Florida International University’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Journalism students tend to go through college balancing the “thinking” of theory courses with the “doing” in their majors. News rules in J-Schools, and research papers are set aside as students swap style guides, tossing away APA style for […] more »


This summer, I had the opportunity to spend a few weeks on the East Coast visiting a range of digital media organizations. I had been planning to do this for quite some time, really embed with the most prominent teams doing data and programming in media, with the goal of bringing back real-world insight to the classroom. So […] more »

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