Tools & Tips

by Denise McGill

Journalists and protestors clashed at the University of Missouri on November 10, and thanks to social media, we all got a view of it in a widely circulated video shot by Mark Schierbecker. Despite some hairy moments in the video, things worked out well for student photojournalist Tim Tai. He acted with composure, and university […] more »


Each week, MediaShift will list upcoming online trainings and courses for journalists and media people — with a focus on digital training. We’ll include our new DigitalEd courses, as well as those from Mediabistro, NewsU, KDMC, and others. If we’re missing anything, please let us know at mark [at] mediashift [dot] org. FEATURED TRAINING DigitalEd: Social […] more »

Citizen Journalism

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 »


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 »


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 »

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 »

Best Practices

Co-Authored with Avery Holton   Drones seem to be up to no good lately. Cast by the news media as pesky toys interfering with everything from wildfire containment efforts to commercial airline flights, the promise of drones is often overlooked. But the growing number of innovative uses for drones are no less important for understanding this […] more »


If there’s one thing that’s predictable in a local television newsroom, it’s that hardly anything is predictable. The stories reporters are assigned to do can change in an instant for a myriad of reasons: a better story breaks, a piece of equipment breaks, no gas left in the tank. Having a rigid mindset — “this […] more »


A buddy of mine who also teaches journalism and is a guy who’s on it when it comes to data and longform popped into my office recently with a great idea for a radio story. Small problem: He’s never produced audio before and the whole concept scares him. You know who can change that? Anyone. […] more »


Sometimes baby steps make learning easier. But not always. I remember getting the email with the news that my web design class was transitioning from traditional face-to-face to hybrid: half the students in the classroom, half online (synchronous). And the email, a couple of years later, that said the class was transitioning to 100 percent […] more »

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