Tag: teaching

by Jan Schaffer

Title: How to Teach Media Entrepreneurship Instructor: Jan Schaffer, Executive Director, J-Lab; Entrepreneur in Residence, American University A Primer for Building a Media Entrepreneurship Curriculum A growing number of journalism, advertising and public relations students are starting their careers either in media startups launched by others or in entrepreneurial ventures they are starting themselves. What […] more »

by Jeremy Littau

By now, many have seen the news that Google halted sales and support for its wearable Glass device. The Glass Explorer program had been running for nearly two years before it was shut down in January, with the company insistent that this is not the end but rather the beginning of a transition to the next version […] more »

by Kelly Fincham

Data journalism is in danger of becoming the broccoli of J-school education. We all know we should like data journalism, we all know we’re supposed to be doing data journalism, but, like broccoli, data journalism can seem so deeply unattractive and inedible. This, then, is the guide to getting started with teaching data journalism — learning […] more »

by Sara Quinn

I took a leap to teach at Ball State University last August, moving to Muncie, Indiana, and signing on the dotted line for one full year. One semester in, I’m reveling in my new perspective. My last gig was wonderful: more than a decade on faculty at Poynter kept me migrating between professional newsrooms, research, […] more »

by Kathleen Bartzen Culver

During my last full-time stint in a newsroom, my night-side colleagues and I used to sit around the bar at a little dive called the Calderone Club in Milwaukee. We would drink beer, eat garlic bread and tell war stories. There was the time features accidentally ran an advice column signature reading “Dead Abby.” And […] more »

by Jan Schaffer

J-Lab director Jan Schaffer is wrapping up 20 years of raising money to give it away to fund news startups, innovations and pilot projects. She is pivoting J-Lab to do discrete projects and custom training and advising that build on her expertise. After two decades of work at the forefront of journalism innovations, interactive journalism […] more »

by Steve Blank

Two of the hot topics in education in the last few years have been Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC’s) and the flipped classroom. I’ve been experimenting with both of them. What I’ve learned (besides being able to use the word “pedagogy” in a sentence) is 1) Assigning students lectures as homework doesn’t guarantee the students will […] more »

by Jan Schaffer

So far, two cohort groups, some 21 people, have gone through my Seminar in Media Entrepreneurship for mid-career professionals. It is the first seminar that each cohort group takes as they embark on the 20-month, 10-course journey to a Master of Arts in Media Entrepreneurship (MAME) at American University’s School of Communication (SOC). As entrepreneurship […] more »

by Kathleen Bartzen Culver

Every semester in my introductory course in the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s journalism school, I ask the students to introduce themselves and tell me their dream job. I get my fair share of professional athlete or Broadway star. But in the last few years, I’ve heard what feels like an increasing number of dreams the journalism […] more »

by Zach C. Cohen

How will we teach the next generation of the journalists? Such is the question raised in PBS MediaShift’s “Back to J-School” special, and we want you to help us find out. Will J-schools flip the curriculum, focusing more on digital skills than journalism basics? Will they flip the classroom, moving most learning online and turning […] more »