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Teach-A-Thon | Journalism Interactive 2014


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Journalism professors from 11 universities present interesting and creative strategies and tools for teaching digital journalism in seven-minute sessions each. Moderators: Debora Halpern Wenger, associate professor of journalism and head of the journalism department at the University of Mississippi; and Matt Sheehan, director of the Innovation News Center, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications.


Google Glass in YOUR Class - Jeremy Littau, Lehigh University
Crowdsourcing a Syllabus - Doug Ward, University of Kansas
Storify Assignments and Accuracy - Jennifer Cox, Salisbury University
Interdisciplinary Collaboration Pros and Cons - Andrea Hickerson, Rochester University of Technology
Integrating iPad Journalism Into the Curriculum - Marcus Messner, Virginia Commonwealth University
Get Your Game On: Teaching Journalism Innovation Through Interactive Games - Jeremy Caplan, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism
Capturing a Storytelling Image - Mikki Harris, University of Mississippi
Zeega for Current Events in the Cloud - Donica Mensing, University of Nevada - Reno
Rethinking the Research Paper with Digital Projects - Katy Culver, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Engagement Outside the Classroom with Google+ - Andrew Matranga, University of Denver
The Transmedia Approach to Journalism - Serena Carpenter, Michigan State University

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Teach-A-Thon | Journalism Interactive 2014

  1. 1. 2014 Teach-A- Thon JEREMY LITTAU Lehigh University
  2. 2. Resources
  3. 3. 2014 Teach-A- Thon DOUG WARD University of Kansas
  4. 4. Crowdsourcing a Syllabus Or, trying to Doug Ward University of Kansas @kuediting
  5. 5. What I’d envisioned
  6. 6. What I got
  7. 7. What I learned 1. Many undergraduates don’t feel qualified to offer input before a class.
  8. 8. What I learned 2. Students don’t want to look dumb, especially among peers they haven’t met.
  9. 9. To make this work ... 1. We’ll have to show students how.
  10. 10. To make this work … 2. We’ll have to recruit colleagues to do the same.
  11. 11. To make this work … 3. We’ll have to encourage undergraduates to be proactive in their learning.
  12. 12. Crowdsourcing a Syllabus Or, trying to Doug Ward University of Kansas @kuediting
  13. 13. 2014 Teach-A- Thon JENNIFER COX Salisbury University
  14. 14. Storify Assignments & Accuracy Dr. Jennifer Brannock Cox
  15. 15. The lesson • Pros & cons of online journalism: – Is it better to be first or right? • What are some of the challenges for online reporters? – Speed – No end to the news cycle – Instant gratification audience – Misinformation possible at all stages • What’s on the line? – Credibility – Competitive edge – Human lives/emotions
  16. 16. The big deal… • West Virginia, 2006 • Mine collapse trapped 13 miners • Reports nationwide: 12 miners’ survived; one dead • Actually, 12 had died; one survived • Miscommunication in the rush to break news • Aftermath:
  17. 17. The activity • Two teams: – Reporters & writers • Reporters: – Go to the job fair as vendors are setting up – Conduct interviews with vendors, students, anyone available – Tweet your findings (including attribution & direct quotes) – Use hashtag: #sujobfair – At least 7-10 tweets for participation credit • Writers: – Write a Storify article using only the information tweeted back from reporters – Write a summary lede & provide text transitions – Publish your Storify by the end of class (1 hour, 15 minutes)
  18. 18. Storify Overview • Used to gather information across social media platforms • Uses new format incorporating source & reporter story interaction – Diversity of sources! • Great for breaking news – social media disappears quickly!
  19. 19. Tweets
  20. 20. Storify
  21. 21. Teachable moments104 students pre-registered for job fair #sujobfair 102 students registered #sujobfair
  22. 22. Teachable moments 70 vendors represented at #sujobfair Organizer says more than 70 vendors are here #sujobfair
  23. 23. Teachable moments • Look to other sources for confirmation • Make calls to verify • DON’T PUBLISH WHAT YOU AREN’T SURE OF! • Wrap-up discussion with reporters – why the misinformation? – Sources gave conflicting info – Typo in the rush to publish – Nerves – felt like competing with other reporters – Realization that when they are tweeting, they ARE publishing! • Makes the publication look bad twice!
  24. 24. Thanks!
  25. 25. 2014 Teach-A- Thon ANDREA HICKERSONRochester Institute of Technology
  26. 26. Interdisciplinary Collaboration: Pros & Cons Andrea Hickerson Assistant Professor, Rochester Institute of Technology
  27. 27. Background • A new journalism program in 2009 at a “technical” and STEM school? • Our Goal: Integrate journalism (visual and text-based), technology and entrepreneurship in our curriculum • wherever it makes sense
  28. 28. Rise Above the Crowd • “Rise Above the Crowd” • Knight funded • An experiment in live reporting using smartphones and billboard screens • Built by multi-disciplinary team of faculty and students in 2011
  29. 29. Joint-seminar in computing and journalism, Spring 2013 – Co-taught with Prof. Jeff Sonstein, Information, Science & Technology – Students worked in teams to build campus sports publications with different technical limitations and possibilities (cloud, CMS, html5)
  30. 30. Digital Journalism Incubator • Co-taught with Dr. Vic Perotti, College of Business, Management Information Systems • Goal: Students build start-ups with the purpose of enhancing educational news • Current projects: Digital art magazine; Education fact-checker; college project collaboration platform • #RITDJI
  31. 31. Challenges to Interdisciplinary Collaboration • 1. Finding the Right Person – Personality? Appropriate skill set? Classroom style? Agree to disagree or a “right” way? • 2. Institutional logistics – How will you course loads be effected? Will it be the same? Are your departments collaborating for the same reasons? • 3. Sustainability – Will your academic units support this long term?
  32. 32. Opportunities in Interdisciplinary Collaboration • 1. Enhanced Expertise – You don’t have to know everything; Opportunity for professional development • 2. Groundwork for grant and research collaboration – For faculty and students • 3. Model Behavior - practice what you preach – Collaboration usually sounds like a “good” idea and promises great rewards, but it is a process that is constantly negotiated.
  33. 33. 2014 Teach-A- Thon MARCUS MESSNER Virginia Commonwealth University
  34. 34. Integrating iPad Journalism into the Curriculum Marcus Messner, Ph.D. @marcusmessner journalism interactive conference April 4, 2014
  35. 35. Overview • “iPadJournos” Mobile and Social Media Reporting Project: • Started in spring semester 2012 • Support from VCU Center for Teaching Excellence and AEJMC Knight Bridge Grant • Class moved out of PC lab and students equipped with iPad reporting kits • Capstone course in fall semester 2013 covered gubernatorial election in Virginia
  36. 36. Media partner
  37. 37. Work flow • Students buy a basic set of multimedia production apps (iMovie for video editing) • Students present and explore additional apps with their iPads as class assignment • Story pitches with media partner in Facebook group • Story writing and editing in Google Drive • Students engage in Twitter discussions with hashtag #iPadJournos • Videos on YouTube and Instagram
  38. 38. Reporting kit
  39. 39. Student Learning • Publication opportunity secures high motivation and engagement of student reporters • Mobile technology improves communication in and outside the classroom • Photo and video shoots, social media reporting in the field directly from the iPads • Reporting in fast-pace news environment at all times of the day and week: Students report, professor edits, TV producer publishes • Social media content curation
  40. 40. News content 30 multimedia stories published in fall 2013
  41. 41. News content
  42. 42. Future of the project • “iPadJournos” project will be taught for the fourth time in the fall semester 2014 as a capstone in the VCU print-online journalism program • Students will cover local government and fall elections with original reporting and news curation • New iPad reporting kits purchased (see equipment details at
  43. 43. QUESTIONS?
  44. 44. 2014 Teach-A- Thon JEREMY CAPLAN CUNY Graduate School of Journalism
  45. 45. 2014 Teach-A- Thon MIKKI HARRIS University of Mississippi
  46. 46. Storytelling Images Teach non-visual students how to make visual stories.
  47. 47. Composition + Light + Moment
  48. 48. Composition + Light + Moment
  49. 49. Composition rule of 3rds © LeAnna Young
  50. 50. Composition reflection © Jared Burleson
  51. 51. Composition leading lines © Jared Burleson
  52. 52. Composition depth © LeAnna Young
  53. 53. Composition + Light + Moment
  54. 54. Light tells a viewer where to look © Philip Waller
  55. 55. Light no light, no photo
  56. 56. Composition + Light + Moment
  57. 57. Moment with limited time © Matt Zelenik
  58. 58. Moment with limited access © Alex Edwards
  59. 59. Moment exercise
  60. 60. What false first impression do people often have of you? Mikki K. Harris clown shallow dumb *!#itchy mean shy stupid racist snobby unapproachable young fake criminal sheltered naive loosedumb jock
  61. 61. What do people who know you well know about you? Mikki K. Harris friendly caring nice nurturing protective mature witty hard-working kind committed dependable determined funny scarred naive healthy quirky
  62. 62. How long does it take for someone to go from that false first impression to the real you? Mikki K. Harris 1 hour½ day seconds weeks 5 minutes30 minutes months 1 nightyears
  63. 63. Assignment: STEP 1: Understand the time it takes people to go from false first impression to the real you. STEP 2: Find a person to document. Engage the person without a camera for at least the amount of time determined in step 1. STEP 3: Think of words to describe the person beyond the first impression. STEP 4: Observe and anticipate moments that convey each of the words.
  64. 64. Moment friendly © Kristen Stephens
  65. 65. © Bridge Leigh Moment supportive
  66. 66. © Kayleigh Skinner Moment helpful
  67. 67. © Kayleigh Skinner Moment playful
  68. 68. © Jared Burleson Moment faithful
  69. 69. Key Takeaways: No time? Look for reaction to action. It takes time to establish trust and get access. Engage people. Engage more, then observe and anticipate moments. The best visual stories rely on strong Composition + Light + Moments
  70. 70. Mikki K. Harris
  71. 71. 2014 Teach-A- Thon DONICA MENSING University of Nevada-Reno
  72. 72. Remixing the News Donica Mensing @donica Reynolds School of Journalism, University of Nevada, Reno
  73. 73. 2014 Teach-A- Thon KATY CULVER University of Wisconsin-Madison
  74. 74. (theory + skill) – tradition awesome
  75. 75. how do you solve a problem like their research?
  76. 76. backward design
  77. 77. elo
  78. 78. essential learning outcomes engage with big questions progressively challenging problems personal & social responsibility integrative learning
  79. 79. digital media assignments
  80. 80. key assignment objectives learn process of research explore questions in depth apply theories of law & ethics share findings with public
  81. 81. assignment design narrow focus research questions literature review primary sources digital hub with added elements
  82. 82. supportive scaffolding
  83. 83. feedback at mile markers proposal RQs bibliography outline draft hub lightning presentations
  84. 84. ongoing assessment
  85. 85. did they learn? Going beyond the theoretical and secondary research to conduct my own primary research during the final project, creating an account and interacting with real users in Second Life
  86. 86. want to remix? rJI14
  87. 87. (theory + skill) – tradition awesome
  88. 88. 2014 Teach-A- Thon ANDREW MANTRANGA University of Denver
  89. 89. 2014 Teach-A- Thon SERENA CARPENTERMichigan State University
  90. 90. What Harry Potter Can Teach Us About Journalism: The Transmedia Approach By @Dr_Serena | Michigan State University
  91. 91. Experience FIRST
  92. 92. Lisa was a caregiver for 6 years to her mother-in-law. Now she is earning her MSW so she can continue to work with the elderly. As an intern she answers calls for the Alzheimer's Association 24-hr Helpline.
  93. 93. "The Ants Go Marching In" - The room was full of laughter as Mike led to group around the room. #Alzheimer #musictherapy