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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 don’t 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 option to wait and do nothing?

6 Possible solutions Hire one versatile faculty member and set up “convergence” courses Doesn’t this encourage the same silo mentalities among both students and educators? Does this prepare the students to “think different”?

7 If we want to train students to think different, then we’ve got to do it ourselves.

8 These reasons don’t cut it “We don’t know how” “We don’t have equipment” “We don’t know what they’re doing in these newsrooms”

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10 Example from the Toronto Star Example Example from the San Jose Mercury News Example 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 do: 1. 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.”

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26 Los Angeles Times

27 Another good use for Excel

28 Houston Chronicle

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30 Two issues Visual skills for all students—not just the photojournalism students Composition Rationales Ethics Editing and formatting photo files for online

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33 Magnum in Motion

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35 Audio is easy and cheap Microphone handling Interview techniques Digital editing (Audacity is free)Audacity Save file as MP3 Use a free audio player to embed the MP3 directly on a Web pagefree audio player

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 It’s 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 behind—but we can catch up!

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