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EducationShift
02.11.2016
by Robert Gutsche

Last semester, I wrote about the possibility of incorporating scholarly research related to cultural meanings of news into skills-based journalism classes. The initial post presented a trial run where journalism students in their final semester explored how selected news outlets reported on specific issues. (See the syllabus and scholarly projects.) And while the research itself was a good start, we left that experience with key […] more »

Education
10.12.2015

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, tcu360.com; and our campus cable newscast, TCU News Now. […] more »

Best Practices
09.24.2015

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 »

Education
09.17.2015

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 »

Education
08.27.2015

Forbidden. That was our collective sense of Cuba these past 50 years, as trade embargoes and mass mistrust framed relations between our two countries. Yet as journalism instructors, we remained curious. Our idea to take 20 University of Oregon students to Cuba surfaced as a crazy notion two years ago. We were aware of U.S. […] more »

Education
08.25.2015

Our experimental project calling for faster innovation in journalism and journalism education, Searchlights and Sunglasses, is approaching its second birthday. So it’s just about time to destroy it. I know. That sounds ridiculous. Something does well, so you blow it up. Welcome to change in the digital age. Out with comfort; in with strange For […] more »

Education
08.17.2015

Today, I had a Twitter exchange with a few classmates as to whether the word “Internet” should be capitalized. Our professor chimed in by tweeting about the difference between “internet” and “Internet.” This casual exchange represents a breakthrough. We’re classmates in the online Communications@Syracuse master’s degree program offered by the S.I. Newhouse School of Public […] more »

Education
08.13.2015

Criticism about the distance between mass communication’s ivory tower and the newsroom is nothing new. Recent essays and blog posts have popped up on social media feeds decrying the lack of a connection between academia and the “real world.” The Washington Post described the issue as “valuable scholarship stays locked up, obscure and inaccessible” and […] more »

Education
07.27.2015

Every time I have traveled and no matter how hard or long I’ve prepared, I am always humbly reminded that one can never get fully ready for an experience abroad. I was slapped with this reality yet again when I arrived in Mukono, Uganda, to spend six weeks reporting on maternal health and associated issues. Partnering […] more »

Education
07.23.2015

I graduated from Boston University with a degree in journalism. I’m currently unemployed and cover college hockey mostly for free, so I freelance on the side. Despite not having a full-time job, I don’t regret graduating with a journalism degree. I’m actually pretty lucky, since I learned a lot of skills at BU. I took […] 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.

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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.