by Meagan Doll

Remix is a segment of education content on MediaShift, featuring interesting and innovative journalism assignments, courses and curricula. Writers will detail their ideas and work and, where possible, provide links and materials, so other educators can adapt them in their own programs. If you’re interested in sharing your approaches to be remixed at other schools, […] more »


Earlier this semester, I posed the following question to a lecture theater packed with our new intake of journalism students. “So, if I take a picture of you all now, and upload it to Instagram, who owns the copyright?” I asked for a show of hands: “Is it me, or is it Instagram?” The majority of […] more »


I was in college the first time I heard someone use the N-word. Really use it to describe a group of people. Hip-hop group KRS One was scheduled to play a concert at my ethnically diverse New York City-based university, and I had just excitedly bought my tickets. I sat in the cafeteria with a […] more »


The viral video depicting confrontation between protesters and journalists at the University of Missouri has become a hot topic of discussion in college classrooms nationwide. Commentators and pundits have labeled this incident an attack on freedom of the press, or even yet another example of overly liberal and overly sensitive college students and professors besmirching […] more »


It’s been a good five years since I have been in a newsroom, but I’ve come to accept that once a journalist, always a journalist. I can’t watch the nightly news without critiquing a liveshot, and I still pay attention to Murrow winners and fan-tweet reporters whose work I admire. It seems a decade of […] more »


They have faced dangers such as kidnapping, threats and harassment in pursuit of stories while paving the way for the next generation of women in journalism. For their bravery in journalism, three women were honored by the International Women’s Media Foundation last week at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles. Mwape Kumwenda based in […] more »


There’s been plenty of banter online about whether a degree in journalism is useful to aspiring journalists. Influential self-made journalists like Vox’s Ezra Klein have advised young journalists to steer clear of a degree that would teach you, “bad habits and make you pay for the privilege of learning them.” In school people endlessly preached […] more »


Alongside more traditional news beats, Northwestern University professor Josh Meyer is advocating for increased communication training in one specific topic: national security. In today’s interconnected world, Meyer argues that increased competence in national security issues is not only relevant, but necessary. “These are some of the most important issues facing the United States and the world […] more »


As with many college news organizations, our journalism students here at Texas Christian University tell stories in a variety of ways: text, video, photos and more. The stories can run in several places, too — among them our 113-year-old newspaper, The Skiff; our campus news website,; and our campus cable newscast, TCU News Now. […] more »

Best Practices

Co-authored with Kasey Windels As professors in communications programs at two large public Universities (the Manship School of Mass Communication at Louisiana State University and the School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon), we are charged with training the next generation of professional communicators. We have found Journalist’s Resource an invaluable tool for our […] more »

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