Category Archives: Digital journalism education

How to design a digital/multimedia journalism curriculum

Critical thinking exercises in online courses: How I incorporate them in lecture and production courses

Discussion forum is a major component of online education, so how can instructors imbues critical thinking in the discussions? I want to share the critical thinking exercises that I use in a lecture course and a production course, both are … Continue reading

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Teaching “old” skills in a new way: How a journalism instructor integrates Storify in news writing classes

More than 70 inches of snow have fallen in Boston in just a little over two weeks. Winter’s sudden wrath is taking its toll on the people living in New England. Continue reading

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Assignment ideas for social media courses

I want to share some assignments that I developed for Introduction to Social Media Marketing, which is a 3-week open online course at MulinBlog Online J-School. If you are an instructor of social media, please offer some comments and share … Continue reading

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Hybrid course: A viable form of online learning for digital journalism majors

My experience teaching at West Virginia University tells me that hybrid format works well for digital journalism courses. I want to share with fellow instructors how we structure a dual-instructor hybrid course and our experience teaching it.

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Build a niche content site into communication curriculum: My advice to chairs and directors

A full-fledged niche content site can train students in key areas of digital communication: content production and curation; community building; social media marketing; and campaigns and ecommerce.

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Integrating hands-on learning practices to social media curriculum: A case study at University of Wisconsin-Platteville

In less than two years, the social media curriculum at University of Wisconsin-Platteville went from non-existent to achieving national recognition for offering the “best hands-on experience.” All levels of administration have positively commented on the curriculum, especially the emphasis on … Continue reading

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A hands-on approach to teaching social media courses: Implementing social media strategy for a content publishing site

By implementing a well-thought-out social media strategy, a student-run content publishing site can bring free publicity to the sponsoring program and give students working knowledge of social media marketing. This post discusses four issues regarding a hands-on teaching approach for … Continue reading

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Gannett’s “Newsroom of the Future” calls for changes in journalism education

If Gannett’s radical newsroom restructuring becomes industry norms, journalism schools need to do two things to better prepare graduates for the job market: (a) offer innovative digital training and (b) prepare students for jobs other than newsroom staff.

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How they teach digital journalism: A collection of course websites

Instructors preparing for digital journalism courses may borrow some ideas from similar courses taught at peer institutions – here is a collection of such courses that I came across as they link to posts on my blog as tutorials or … Continue reading

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Conflicting stances of two elite U.S. journalism schools on direction of journalism education

In two recent developments, j-school at West Virginia University dropped “journalism” from its name, and j-school at University of California at Berkeley cut its sponsorship of a community news operation so as to focus on journalism. So, what shall we … Continue reading

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