My college roommate majored in computer science, and I majored in journalism. I’m not saying the journalists of the world have to become what she became — a systems analyst. But my roommate could (and still can) write standard English correctly, grammatically. She can communicate clearly. Her writing skills helped her rise in her profession. She wouldn’t know how to write a news story about a school board meeting, but in many situations in her jobs when writing was necessary, she could get that done quickly and well. It gave her an edge. It made her a better manager. It helped keep her projects on track.
For journalists in 2013, code starts to look more like that. Someone has even said: “In the digital age that we all live in, you are essentially illiterate if you can’t code.”
So that’s how I’m going to start — with something simple and basic that you should understand.
My university played host this weekend to several dozen journalism educators and some very wonderful working journalists. They all came to the Journalism Interactive conference to share what they know and learn new things about digital media and training the next generation of journalists. Most of our conference sessions were in the historic building in […]
To answer that question, make sure you know what you want to gain from the experience. Because getting a master’s degree is an experience — as well as an investment of your time and your money. Mu Lin, a professor at Georgian Court University in Lakewood, New Jersey, has addressed this in a new blog post: A […]
Like any savvy blogger, I look at my blog stats from time to time. The stats tell me a lot of people come to this blog because they are searching for information about how to become a journalist, what to study, and whether it’s smart to be a journalism major. I teach about online journalism […]
In a graduate-level course, like many educators, I require students to make presentations to the class. A while back, I forbade the use of PowerPoint — or any other slides — during the presentation. However, students must find, show and discuss some websites and videos as part of the presentation. These sites and videos should […]
Educators are talking about the phenomenon of large-enrollment free online courses offered by very reputable professors and universities. Now the University of Texas “is in negotiations with Coursera and edX, two of the most prominent companies engaged in the mass distribution of course content from elite universities for free online” (source: Texas Tribune). So I […]