Best Practices
by Kim Sheehan

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 »


In the immediate aftermath of last month’s Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage nationwide, The Daily Evergreen editors at Washington State University placed a rainbow filter version of the paper’s logo as its Twitter profile pic. At least one conservative news outlet was dismayed by this decision. As The College Fix tweeted in response to the […] more »

Citizen Journalism

As ordinary citizens gain more access to technology to distribute their eyewitness accounts, media outlets will have to address the legal and ethical dimensions of redistributing and using this content. A recent study from Eyewitness Media Hub suggests we’re not yet realizing this reality. The study, a follow-up on amateur footage research funded by the Tow […] more »


Like many folks focused on what’s happening in digital media, I was half paying attention to the Apple keynote launching its worldwide developers conference. It was proceeding as expected, with updates to iOS and launch of another version of OS X, the desktop operating system. And the much-anticipated launch of Apple Music. At about an […] more »


Earlier this year, the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications launched an initiative to completely examine its newsroom operations and how local news will continue to play a large role in the College’s news curriculum. The following is an edited and excerpted collection from the “Breaking News” and “What is Project Allotrope” posts that explain […] more »


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 »


OPB’s John Sepulvado recently interviewed me for a story on robo-journalism. The piece led with The Upshot’s “Best and Worst Places to Grow Up,” a dynamically written story which I also wrote about a couple of days of before. In both, I shared my excitement about how technology is evolving as a tool to help […] more »


We talk seemingly endlessly about the state and fate of journalism education. We lament what we’re not doing — and there’s often plenty to be frustrated with. Students, at least many of those who graduated May 9 with a journalism degree from where I work, the School of Journalism at TCU’s Bob Schieffer College of […] more »


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 »


The MDA Telethon announced its end on May 1. The Labor Day event, hosted annually by comedian Jerry Lewis from 1966 to 2011, was reviled by many disability rights activists and many people with disabilities and their allies. The earliest complaints about the telethon came in 1981 from a NY Times op-ed written by Evan […] more »

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