As the fall semester gets underway, campus newspaper staffs also kick into gear. If you are a college newspaper advisor or editor, knowing how to cover certain crises and disasters that can occur on a college campus can be a challenge as well as a delicate manner. In collaboration with the Dart Center Journalism and Trauma, I have developed a series of tip sheets with the Dart Center that cover important topics such as how to cover delicate issues such as homicide, rape, a crisis/disaster, as well as touching upon self-care tips for student journalists and much more. See here for the full list of tip sheets.
This past weekend I had the opportunity to present at the International Communication Association Conference in Seattle, Washington on a panel called, Theories of Journalism in a Digital Age with some amazing scholars. As part of the panel, I presented a concept I have been working on for several years now that I am happy to formally announce here called Spatial Journalism. I am launching a special section on my site devoted to the concept of Spatial Journalism and the work I am embarking in this area. New concepts are never created in a vacuum, so I welcome hearing from you on this – so drop me a line here on my site so we can get a new conversation going around this concept!
New years and new semesters give educators the opportunity to review past courses and identify ways to change and improve them. In 2014, improvement can pave the way for innovation. If you think innovation requires a lot of resources and money, my experience has shown you can do more with less. You can take small steps with fewer resources to make big changes. I provide some tips for journalism educators in this recent PBS MediaShift article.
As the New Year fast approaches, what is ahead on the road in 2014 for the news industry? In 2014, we will see that data-driven journalism techniques and stories will take on a bigger role. Check out my top five predictions for data-driven journalism in 2014.
Nowadays, journalism teachers use resources ranging from textbooks to online videos and techniques like case studies and role play. Another option for educators is a new digital book by the Knight Foundation that explores journalism’s past, present and future, and offers a learning layer with lesson plans. In this article I explain the various ways journalism educators (high school or college) can use the learning layers of “Searchlights and Sunglasses” in their own classrooms. Read more on the Knight Foundation Website >>
Data-driven journalism is quickly becoming another important skill set in the reporter’s toolbox, a unique form of storytelling in today’s digital media environment and a way for public data to reach people that shows real impact. This week, I focus on INN members VTDigger.com and New Mexico In-Depth and their innovative approaches to covering their state using data-driven journalism techniques that are making a big impact one data point at a time. Read more on the INN site >>
Are you heading to ONA13?
Check out this list of Data Journalism panels during the three-day conference:
Day 1, Oct. 17
Day 2, Oct. 18
Day 3, Oct. 19