Wearable Tech and its Potential Use in Higher Education

Wearable technology devices and their use in everyday life is growing from tracking your heartbeat to how many steps you take in a day. So, how might this technology be used in the classroom? PBS Education Shift published today the latest findings from a study I conducted in spring 2014 on the perceptions of wearable tech by young adults and their thoughts on its use in the classroom setting. See the full article here on EducationShift for an overview of the study
and to read the full study, you can download the paper (PDF) on Slideshare.

Dart Center Tip Sheets for College Newspaper Advisors, Editors

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.

Exploring Intersections Between Journalism and Spatiality

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!

Tips for J-Educators to Innovate the Classroom

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.

Choose Your Own Adventure: New Digital Journalism Book from Knight Foundation

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 >>

Leading the Way: INN Members Pioneer State Public Data Initiatives

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 >>