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Title: Transforming The Journalism Curriculum


1
Transforming The Journalism Curriculum
  • Presentation by Mindy McAdams
  • University of Florida

2
What we do well now
  • Teach students how to report and understand the
    professional norms of the field
  • Train them in a specialization (e.g., such as
    photojournalism, print editing, on-camera
    reporting for TV)

3
What we dont do well now
  • Teach them how to survive and thrive in the field
    that journalism is becoming

4
Our challenges
  • Our current department structures are not
    designed to support cross-platform journalism
  • Our faculty are often not well-versed in multiple
    platforms, new technologies
  • Our students might resist, saying I only want to
  • Our schools lack equipment and facilities, e.g.,
    software, updated labs

5
Is it an optionto waitand do nothing?
6
Possible solutions
  • Hire one versatile faculty member and set up
    convergence courses
  • Doesnt this encourage the same silo mentalities
    among both students and educators?
  • Does this prepare the students to think
    different?

7
If we wantto train studentsto think different,
then weve got to do it ourselves.
8
These reasons dont cut it
  • We dont know how
  • We dont have equipment
  • We dont know what theyre doing in these
    newsrooms

9
Video
10
Video
  • Example from the Toronto Star
  • Example from the San Jose Mercury News
  • And some blogs to keep you well informed

11
Angela Grant In the Circle
12
Cyndy Green VideoJournalism
13
Richard Koci Hernandez MultimediaShooter
14
Cade White Digicade
15
Databases
16
Five things you can do now
  • Assign articles by or about Adrian Holovaty
  • Study ChicagoCrime.org
  • Discuss the Naples affordable housing project
  • Assign a project built with Atlas
  • Use exercises from NICAR to teach Excel

17
The way I see it, there are three basic tasks
that journalists do1. Gathering information.
2. Distilling information. 3. Presenting
information. Doing journalism through computer
programming is just a different way of
accomplishing these goals. Namely, the technique
favors automation wherever possible.
18
http//www.chicagocrime.org/map/
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http//www.naplesnews.com/affordable_housing/searc
h/
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http//www.naplesnews.com/affordable_housing/searc
h/
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http//www.naplesnews.com/affordable_housing/searc
h/
22
http//fmatlas.com/atlas2/
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http//fmatlas.com/atlas2/
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http//www.ire.org/resourcecenter/tipsheets.php
25
Graphics
26
Los Angeles Times
27
Another good use for Excel
28
Houston Chronicle
29
Photo
30
Two issues
  • Visual skills for all studentsnot just the
    photojournalism students
  • Composition
  • Rationales
  • Ethics
  • Editing and formatting photo files for online

31
http//markhancock.blogspot.com/
32
http//www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3842331/
33
Magnum in Motion
34
Audio
35
Audio is easy and cheap
  • Microphone handling
  • Interview techniques
  • Digital editing (Audacity is free)
  • Save file as MP3
  • Use a free audio player to embed the MP3 directly
    on a Web page

36
HTML and CSS
37
Why teach HTML and CSS?
  • Dreamweaver is not necessarily as useful as HTML
    and (at least some) CSS
  • Facebook / MySpace will not help them in a
    journalism job
  • Its a leg up

38
Ways to introduce HTML and CSS
  • One solution Use Blogger (covered in a later
    session)
  • Require students to build a simple Web page by
    hand with HTML
  • Headings
  • Links
  • Images

39
Pssst! My own secret
  • I have usually learned technology that I teach in
    class less than one week before the first time I
    taught it

40
In conclusion
  • We all need to start now
  • We are all behindbut we can catch up!

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Transforming The Journalism Curriculum
  • Presentation by Mindy McAdams
  • University of Florida
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