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Journalism education in Canada vs. the U.S.

A paper published in Journalism Studies in 2001 that argues there are striking similarities between the U.S. and Canadian systems of journalism education, as well as significant differences. Among the differences are the relatively stronger role of government in Canada; Canada’s greater emphasis on non-university education; greater curricular differentiation in U.S. programs; the type of academic unit within which journalism study is located; and the absence of a national accreditation system in Canada. The paper is written by Peter Johansen, David H. Weaver, Christopher Dornan.
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Teaching journalism via computer games

Two university professors in Minnesota are using a graphically-sophisticated computer game, produced by a Canadian gaming company, in which the students transform the medieval wizards and rogues into news editors, reporters, and other modern characters. They roleplay their way through a major news event.
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Teaching the future of journalism

“When it comes to teaching convergence, it’s no longer ‘if’ but ‘how,'” says this Online Journalism Review piece based in part on discussions at a Poynter Institute seminar. For one thing, it’s time to realize that “online video is not TV news.” For another, “multimedia storytelling” requires a new level of respect for the audience.
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The Bookshelf

The link below will take you to a page of books recommended for journalism educators, organized by subject — from teaching print, broadcast and online journalism to style guides and handbooks. The list is far from complete and we invite you to send any suggestions for books that would be of particular interest to Canadian journalism students and instructors, for us to consider adding to the list.

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The one-minute (OK maybe five-minute) editor

Some advice about how to be a good editor/teacher when you only have a few minutes, from Steve Buttry, the director of Tailored Programs at the American Press Institute.
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College programs

A list of college programs across the country with descriptions of programs offered.
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A reflective model for teaching journalism

This is a conference paper prepared for the first JourNet international conference on Professional Education for the Media that took place in Newcastle, Australia, in 2004. The paper outlines a model that uses critical reflection as a bridge between journalism theory and professional practice.
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Essays on narrative journalism

The Neiman Narrative Digest is a website established to improve and advance the practice of narrative in journalism by offering useful resources to writers, editors, teachers and students. This page provides links to a series of essays from established writers on building characters, writing scenes and telling stories.
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Joint programs

Recently a number of universities have begun working with local community colleges to offer joint or "hybrid" programs.

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Free online lessons from BBC Training

The BBC Training department offers a number of interactive lessons online on a range of broadcast issues from using digital video progams to gathering sound for radio. They can all be found at the link below.
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