Journalism education

The benefits of an engaged online professional community, like news developers

In this Melody Kramer profile of Alex Duner, a Northwestern student who has written “a dozen interactive news apps,” Duner discusses the value of engaging in the news dev communities on Github and Twitter. The North by Northwest student group, for example, open-sources its code, which helps for ideas, inspiration and feedback. And when you’re […]

The best advice for young journalists is to focus on the work, not the outlet

Felix Salmon wrote advice yesterday for young journalists that drew the ire of many journalists because it largely discouraged them from entering journalism; Ezra Klein responded with a list of advice to young journalists that he tweeted as being “less depressing.” Klein describes the opportunity new media outlets offer, and among his list of tips […]

A journalism professor shares how he uses Need to Know in his class

“For the last few years I have required students in both my graduate and undergraduate business and future of journalism classes to keep up on the news about journalism business,” writes Tim McGuire, Frank Russell Chair for the business of journalism at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School. This semester, he had his class sign up for […]

Inside Apple’s internal training program and its Picasso lesson

Brian X. Chen gets the scoop behind Apple’s highly secretive internal training program, which “Steve Jobs established as a way to inculcate employees into Apple’s business culture and educate them about its history, particularly as the company grew and the tech business changed.” It’s worth a read to get a better understanding of the culture […]

David Carr has posted his syllabus for his class and it’s worth a look

“This course, Press Play, aspires to be a place where you make things. Good things. Smart things. Cool things. And then share those things with other people,” writes David Carr on his course syllabus for his first class at Boston University’s College of Communication, where he is the inaugural Andrew R. Lack Professor. We’re jealous of his […]

The Detroit Free Press is abruptly ending a 29-year-old high school journalism program

The program brought high school students into the newsroom to work alongside seasoned professionals and has long been a pipeline, sending local, diverse talent to prominent journalism careers. “It shrinks the minority talent pipeline that the industry desperately needs,” says Bowdeya Tweh, a former apprentice who is now a business reporter at the Cincinnati Enquirer. […]

Total enrollment at U.S. journalism schools has dropped two years in a row

Total enrollment in the nation’s journalism schools has dropped, research from the University of Georgia shows, triggering a variety of responses from the schools and raising questions about the future of journalism education. Researchers don’t have enough data to know if this represents the start of a trend, but they think the recent declines may […]

BBC makes its training resources free to the public in 11 languages

The BBC’s College of Journalism made a slew of videos and guides, initially created to train its own journalists, available to reporters worldwide for free, for at least 12 months. The resources are available in 11 languages: Arabic, Burmese, Chinese (simplified and traditional), Hausa, Pashto, Persian, Russian, Swahili, Urdu and Vietnamese. + A new German investigative reporting center, […]

Build a better journalism school by teaching breaking news and beats

In the sixth part of his series on building a better journalism school, John Kroll suggests requiring students to select a particular topic — sports, business, etc. — and take a beat reporting class in that topic. It’s an “acknowledgment that while there are skills involved in beat reporting that apply across many topics … ‘Specialization’ was […]

The Pyramid of Journalism Competence: What journalists need to know

Roy Peter Clark examines the updated Pyramid of Competence, which was first created in the late 1990s, energized by a call to action from our executive director Tom Rosenstiel, who was one of the leaders of the Committee of Concerned Journalists at the time. Aggregation, curation, numeracy, data visualization have been added to core competencies […]