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Transforming The Journalism Curriculum Presentation by Mindy McAdams University of Florida
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)
What we don’t do well now Teach them how to survive and thrive in the field that journalism is becoming
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
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”?
If we want to train students to think different, then we’ve got to do it ourselves.
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”
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
“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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