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JournalismDegree.org

August 2, 2013 in Education, Resources

Journalism Degree.org is a site dedicated to providing timely and relevant information about journalism degrees and programs. We help current and prospective students find the right program to fit their needs. With useful articles and links to accredited institutions, our site provides a single location for students interested in pursuing careers in media and mass communications. …

“But we offer much more than a list of accredited degree programs. We offer our readers an incredible blog with timely news in the journalism world as well as useful tips and suggestions on how to break into the field. Our blogger is a published writer but a recent graduate from City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism.” Source: JournalismDegree.Org

Online journalism degree scholarships make it possible to pay for your education, even if you’re already strapped for cash. Whether you’re going to college straight from high school or heading back to school after years of being in the workforce, these programs can be expensive without financial aid. Scholarships are a great way to pay for the education you need to qualify for journalism jobs such as reporting, editing, publishing, and writing.” Source: Lindsay Harper, JournalismDegree.Org

Renaissance Journalism

February 22, 2013 in Education, Resources

Renaissance Journalism provides training, technical assistance, consultation and grants to journalists and organizations that share our passion for media innovations that strengthen communities. Key to our success is forging dynamic and entrepreneurial partnerships among mainstream news organizations, ethnic and community media, hyperlocal websites, foundations, academia and nonprofits.

Renaissance Journalism was created in 2009 as a program of San Francisco State University’s Department of Journalism. It operates in partnership with ZeroDivide, a funder, thought partner, and capacity-building organization working to transform underserved communities through the strategic use of technology.” Source: Renaissance Journalism

Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute

February 8, 2013 in Education, Resources

The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute engages media professionals, scholars and other citizens in programs aimed at strengthening journalism in the service of democracy. RJI generates and tests new techniques and new thinking that promise to improve journalism.” Source: RJI

RJI  was launched in 2004 with a $31-million grant from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation.  The goal was to provide a place which would engage media professionals, scholars and others to help them develop programs to strengthen journalism and, in the process, strengthen democracy. …

Now, fresh with a permanent endowment of another [$30.1] million from the same foundation, RJI is assured of being able to continue its mission.  And that’s good for RJI and for our business.

Not long ago, I sat down in our Washington office with Randy Picht, the Institute’s Executive Director, to learn more about RJI and how those of us in the electronic media might make better use of the resources it offers — resources that have largely been utilized by our print media colleagues in the past.

Randy told me of projects they have ongoing where, for example, they are developing new types of public affairs programming for local stations — using KECT-TV, St. Louis, as a laboratory.  Or doing research (using RJI fellows) to determine audience trends in social media and how to develop effective business models for ‘pay walling’ content on news websites. And there are other projects going on that look at the evolving usage of tablets and mobile screens for news delivery.

He hopes that more local broadcasters and web producers will explore RJI and what it has to offer — even to the point of proposing individual projects for their own news organizations.  Because it’s often those kinds of projects that can provide lessons others might learn from, as well.” Source: Mike Cavender, RTDNA

Post Industrial Journalism: Adapting to the Present

December 7, 2012 in Education, Resources

This essay is part survey and part manifesto, one that concerns itself with the practice of journalism and the practices of journalists in the United States. It is not, however, about ‘the future of the news industry,’ both because much of that future is already here and because there is no such thing as the news industry anymore. …

Many of the changes talked about in the last decade as part of the future landscape of journalism have already taken place; much of journalism’s imagined future is now its lived-in present. (As William Gibson noted long ago, ‘The future is already here. It’s just unevenly distributed.’) Our goal is to write about what has already happened and what is happening today, and what we can learn from it, rather than engaging in much speculation.

The effect of the current changes in the news ecosystem has already been a reduction in the quality of news in the United States. On present evidence, we are convinced that journalism in this country will get worse before it gets better, and, in some places (principally midsize and small cities with no daily paper) it will get markedly worse. Our hope is to limit the scope, depth and duration of that decay by pointing to ways to create useful journalism using tools, techniques and assumptions that weren’t even possible 10 years ago.” Source: Tow Center for Digital Journalism

Brilliantly researched and written by C.W. Anderson, Emily Bell and Clay Shirky, it was a refreshingly realistic read on where journalism is and where it’s going. There is a lot in the essay of concern to those who seek to practice journalism as a profession, like me, but there’s also much to get you excited about the opportunities that the future will hold.” Source: The Huffington Post

Becoming an Entrepreneurial Journalist: From Idea to Implementation

October 25, 2012 in Education, Resources

So, you have an idea for a new journalism start-up. You’re thinking about making the plunge, but you’re not sure whether the entrepreneurial life is for you. Or maybe you’ve decided to launch a venture, and you’re looking guidance in the crucial weeks and months at the beginning of your project.

This course aims to give participants the knowledge and tools needed to launch content-driven news/information websites. We’ll take you from idea to implementation and, when necessary, help you retool or replace ideas with better versions.

If you’re considering starting a news or information-oriented website, this course will help you decide whether an entrepreneurial path is the right one for you. And if you’re looking for a crash course on starting a business, it will show you the ropes, point you to the right resources and help you formulate the questions you most need answers to.” Source: Poynter’s News University

Center for Journalism Ethics, University of Wisconsin-Madison

September 10, 2012 in Education, Resources

This website is your source for tracking and analyzing ethical issues in your city or around the world. This site is the public face of the new Center for Journalism Ethics in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

This site will keep you updated on ethical issues in the news, while providing informed analysis on issues, as well as book reviews and interviews with leading figures in journalism. You will access a host of resources, from background discussions on the nature and history of journalism ethics to codes of practice and links to ethics experts.

The aim of the site is to support the mission of the Center for Journalism Ethics – to advance the ethical standards and practices of democratic journalism through discussion, research, teaching, professional outreach, and newsroom partnerships. The center is a voice for journalistic integrity, a forum for informed debate, and an incubator for new ideas and practices. Source: Center for Journalism Ethics University of Wisconsin-Madison

 

Digital Training Comes of Age

August 24, 2012 in Craft, Education, Resources, Technology

Journalists want to learn new digital tools and techniques. Will they be comfortable learning those things digitally, using webinars, e-learning and self-directed classes? If online education is easier to provide than ever, are news organizations rising to the occasion?

In its search for answers, this new Knight Foundation report details the Web-survey responses of 660 active alumni from the roughly 3,000 journalists who received Knight-branded professional development within the past two years.

  • Digital Training Comes of Age shows a growing demand for training as journalists adapt to the 21st century’s evolving media ecosystems. Journalists want more training in digital tools such as multimedia, data analysis and technology. Most give their news organizations low marks for providing training opportunities.
  • Digital classes are gaining popularity as a cost-effective way to reach more trainees. Significant numbers of journalists who have participated in online classes say they are as good as, or better than, conventional training in the classroom.
  • Training organizations are adapting to the digital age. They are providing more training online and rethinking how their programs can foster the transformation of journalism.
  • Professional development has impact. Training helps journalists adopt new digital tools, create change in their organizations, or find new ways to be part of the news ecosystem.
  • Continuing education drives change in forward-looking organizations. Training and staff development helps them achieve their goals and become more adaptive.” Source: The Knight Foundation

Based on the 660 journalists surveyed, the Knight survey identified the following 10 key points:

  1. Lack of training is a major source of job dissatisfaction.
  2. Overwhelmingly, journalists say they want more training.
  3. Increasingly, journalists want digital-tools training.
  4. Journalists say they aren’t getting the training they most need.
  5. Most journalists give their news organization poor marks for training.
  6. Journalists used their training and are likely to recommend it.
  7. Online training is growing more popular, especially internationally.
  8. Many journalists pay for their own training.
  9. News organizations must become learning organizations.
  10. Work focus shifts to digital and combined media.

The survey findings show a variety of reasons why news organizations today need to spend more time and resources toward professional development of their employees and include digital learning opportunities as much as possible.

This can be achieved by creating a “learning culture” in the newsroom.

This “learning culture” must be pervasive throughout the whole organization – from the top all the way to the bottom.

There are many ways that news ventures including nonprofits can start creating this kind of culture.” Source: NPJhub.org

The Murrow Rural Information Initiative: Access, Digital Citizenship, and the Obligations of the Washington State Information Sector

August 14, 2012 in Community, Education, Policy, Resources

The accelerating speed of technological developments requires a concerted effort to educate the public, policymakers and journalists about the promise held by the state’s expanding broadband infrastructure.

From rural towns to the state Capitol, public officials must understand the role of technology in facilitating an informed citizenry, driving economic development and shaping public education systems. If public officials, news media and communities do not take it upon themselves to learn about and grow with technology, then they effectively perpetuate the digital divide through inaction. As a result, the state may experience a greater separation between its most digitally informed citizens and cities, and those trailing in the wake of technological advances.

Further, emerging technology has the capacity to provide information, but news media are needed to curate that information, provide context and produce comprehensible content for rural communities. Indeed, more and more citizens are accessing state news online even as newsrooms at legacy media have shrunk.

In rural Washington, local news remains the backbone of community journalism. As broadband access and adoption continues to spread, rural journalists can make themselves even more indispensable to their communities. Rural journalists should routinely share best practices with each other and seek ways to receive new digital training in partnership with other professional media and the state’s journalism educators. They form the core of informed, literate rural communities in Washington.” Source: Murrow Rural Information Initiative

Journalist’s Resource

July 27, 2012 in Craft, Education, Resources

Unlike most journalistic stories or blogs, academic studies are the product of months or years of work; they can include analysis of large sets of data or carefully conducted experiments. A scholar might finish just a few important studies in his or her career, often on problems that have been studied for decades. Studies aspire to say as much as can definitively be known on a particular question, be it complex or seemingly self-evident. Does money in politics cause corruption? You may consider that an obvious question, but for scholars the answer — not just yes or no, but also why and how — has to be proven with precise weighing of evidence. The essence of the scientific method is to come up with a hypothesis, test it, and then make sure it can be repeated – and that no external factors skewed the results.

Many corporations, commercial research firms, advocacy groups and consulting firms also produce studies and in-depth reports. While these can have news value, bear in mind that the findings of such work are not always independently fact-checked prior to publication, whereas studies produced by academic scholars typically are.

Why would a journalist want to read a study?

In a world overflowing with information of uncertain quality, it’s hard to find knowledge that is as unbiased, thoughtful and reliable as that contained in the best academic studies. This is why journalists should be familiar with how to read them. Studies can provide a baseline of solid fact where reporting can begin. When journalists call experts to hear their views, having familiarity with the basic research allows for more enlightening conversations and makes stories deeper. Studies almost always suggest a wealth of new angles for journalists to pursue. Further, journalists are connection points between information and the public; it is a journalist’s job to make things clear to the public that are often hidden. Sometimes this means misdeeds by public officials or large corporations. But sometimes important insights can be locked away in research studies and journals. Understanding how to read studies can allow you to bring sunlight to issues and knowledge that might otherwise remain obscure.” Source: Journalist’s Resource

Center for News Literacy

July 27, 2012 in Education, Resources

Critical thinking. Citizenship. The importance of the press. These are some of the tenets of The Center for News Literacy at Stony Brook University’s School of Journalism. Faculty members train the next generation of news consumers to think critically about what they read, watch, and hear.

The Center for News Literacy at Stony Brook University is committed to teaching students how to use critical thinking skills to judge the reliability and credibility of news reports and news sources. It is the only such center in the United States.

Funded by a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the center currently is committed to teaching News Literacy to 10,000 undergraduates—from across all academic disciplines.

The Center also is at work developing innovative curriculum materials for high schools and the general public.” Source: Center for News Literacy