Tips to help your students present their ideas – and themselves – in an independent world
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Last week, I was able to spend virtual time with students from Clark Atlanta University, an HBCU in Georgia. The young journalists I spoke with were particularly eager for advice on pitching freelance stories to editors, which I was interested in as it seems that freelance work in general is a hot topic in journalism right now.
That’s why I reached out to Jacquie Marino, a professor at Kent State and featured presenter at this year’s Teachapalooza. This semester, she taught a full course on becoming a freelance journalist and wrote for Poynter on the subject.
I asked her to put together some pitch basics that we could share with the students, and she came up with this document that I thought I’d pass around.
I hope you find it useful and that you have a great week teaching journalism.
Oberlin College in Ohio was ordered to pay $31 million to a bakery that students accuse of racist actions. Inside Higher Ed and Chronicle of Higher Education both have good summaries. The issue here does not directly involve student journalism. On the contrary, it gives pause to those of us who are suggesting that colleges do not have to regulate student speech. That Oberlin lost millions for not condemning student expression? Ouch. How might other schools react in the future and what impact might this have on student media? This will be one to watch.
Well, that made me frown: “Documents Show New Details in ‘Radical and Disturbing’ UNC-Chapel Hill Faculty Investigation.” And yes, it’s about journalism school.
Here’s an interesting piece from Poynter last week: “Journalists need to rethink their relationship with corrections.” I’m curious how much time you spend teaching your students how to handle requests for corrections. It’s actually a very interesting opportunity to engage them in discussions about trust, accuracy and ethics. How do you teach someone to stand up in a newsroom and say, “I made a mistake”? If you need a little more context, here’s an article from Trusting News: “Make corrections a part of trust with our step-by-step guide.”
Remember this guy, Sarah Lawrence’s cult dad? He was found guilty on several counts and will be sentenced in the fall. This story was so weird that I can’t help but follow this case.
I loved this story this week in the Chronicle of Higher Education on the culture of college rankings: The subtitle: “Researchers submitting to publication say survey responses are prone to error, ambiguity and pressure to look good.” Ouch.
This story about the ongoing bomb threats at HBCUs and their impact on the mental health of students, parents, and employees is heartbreaking.
I’m curious if your students use BeReal, an app that shares commonalities with social media, but seeks to reduce the inauthenticity that plagues other platforms. BeReal basically invites users to photograph their current realities and avoid filters, neat framing, staged lighting and all the other tricks people use on social media to make their life more interesting and glamorous than it looks. really is. Sounds a bit like, I don’t know, photojournalism? What do your students think of this application and its implications for authenticity? How does this square with your lessons on good journalism?
Last week, Nieman Lab’s Sarah Scire wrote, “Along with a subscriber-only survey on evictions, USA Today is releasing a free graphic novel.” Here is his introduction: “There has been much discussion about the need to experiment with new forms of journalism, especially to reach younger and historically underserved audiences. That’s why a short, effective, and free graphic novel caught my eye this week.
Romina Ruiz-Goirenanational housing and social services reporter for USA todaystudied thousands of deportation cases with a data journalist Kevin Crowe. Their analysis led them to a county in Washington State where the eviction rate for black women is five times higher than for white tenants. The resulting survey was published as a long-form article – available only to subscribers, thanks to the premium Gannett paywall, owner of USA Today, erected in 2021 – and accompanied by non-paying tip sheets in English. and in Spanish. But what caught my attention was the free graphic novel about eviction written by Ruiz-Goiriena and illustrated by Ariana Torrey.
Here is a collection of images that have won awards at the World Press Photo Awards. From the AP: “Winners were chosen from 64,823 photographs and open format entries by 4,066 photographers from 130 countries.” There are great photos for class discussions or lessons.
I’ll try not to bury you every week with Teachapalooza solicitations – which is to say it’s going to be awesome and I’d just love to have you in person or virtually. Magic happens in our hallowed halls – and here’s what I mean. I recently received an email from Andrea Otáñez, a professor at the University of Washington, who is helping coordinate a summer institute on public interest communications, to be held at Howard University from May 22 to June 24. The institute will bring together faculty and others who will come together to learn, share, and collaborate in defining and building the emerging academic field of public interest communications.
Here’s why I mention it in the same breath as Teacha. Otáñez wrote, “I thought of you and Poynter because the band that organizes this event came straight out of Teacha. It all started when Ann Christiano from the University of Florida presented her public service communication program at Teachapalooza. … I completely connected to the idea of “public interest communication” and we eventually renamed our program to become the journalism and public interest communication program. Then a few years later, a few other Teacha colleagues started talking, we reconnected with Christiano and his colleague Angela Bradbury and here we are: this summer institute. »
Consider the Otanez event and also consider attending Teacha. Who knows what ideas and collaborations will emerge?
This week, editor Taylor Blatchford wrote about how important it is for student journalists to work early and often with their visuals peers — and she shares what she’s learned on her own journey. Yes, there are pies.
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