Teaching Journalism

May 01, 2013 - Posted by Tamara Baluja

The relationship between media and First Nations peoples in Canada has not always been a positive one. And in many ways, two UBC students say they felt they were paying for the mistakes made by reporters who came before came. They reported on the secretive tradition of spirit dancing in B.C. and their final report aired on CBC The Early Edition in Vancouver. Rachel Bergen and Stephanie Kelly report. 

Aug 22, 2012 - Posted by Belinda Alzner

Looking for resources to use in the classroom to help you teach the foundations of our craft? Here, Mary McGuire lays out a curated list of tools and resources for teaching the following subjects:

  • Reporting
  • Writing
  • Interviewing
  • Ethics
Aug 11, 2009 - Posted by Mary McGuire
Teaching interviewing requires more than just giving students lists of dos and don'ts. Playing examples of television and radio interviews to illustrate the good and bad habits of interviewers is usually more effective. If you want to add some humour to the lesson, here's a blog post with a link to an old comedy sketch. It illustrates a common mistake by rookies, but one made, unfortunately, even by some pros: being a slave to a list of questions without listening to the answers.
Aug 16, 2007 - Posted by Mary McGuire
NPR's project called Teenage Diaries on National Public Radio included a website with lots of tips for people about producing good radio stories. This page is the list of tips for conducting effective interviews.
Mar 16, 2007 - Posted by Mary McGuire
A list of useful tips about preparing for and conducting effective interviews for reporters prepared by Paul McLaughlin, one of Canada's well-known instructors and authors on interviewing for journalists.
Feb 21, 2007 - Posted by Mary McGuire
The new CBC.ca inludes a page of links to a collection of interviews with great Canadians. The collection includes both radio and television interviews. A terrific resource.
Feb 21, 2007 - Posted by Mary McGuire
Pulitzer-prize winning reporter, Eric Nalder, formerly of the Seattle Times, now with the San Jose Mercury News, has given workshops on interviewing to reporters for years. His tips for doing great interviews are posted at various sites online.
Feb 21, 2007 - Posted by Mary McGuire
The summary of a lengthy presentation by Neil Conan, the host of NPR's Talk of the Nation, to the Poynter Institute on broadcast interviewing.
Feb 21, 2007 - Posted by Mary McGuire
An August 2006 feature on John Sawatsky from National Public Radio. The page includes an article on Sawatsky's evolution from journalist to journalism prof to expert on teaching interviewing to journalists around the world. It includes an eight minute radio piece on what Sawatsky does, including clips from his fans and critics. It also includes an hour-long audio interview with Sawatsky, as well as excerpts from his presentations. In addition, the page includes clips from some of Sawatsky's favourite targets such as Larry King and Mike Wallace rejecting Sawatsky's approach.
Sep 20, 2006 - Posted by Mary McGuire
Some of the best advice about interviewing for journalists comes from Canadian author and journalist, John Sawatsky, who has been giving workshops to journalists in Canada and around the world for years. His guidelines for getting the most out of interviews are outlined in a series of articles published in the American Journalism Review in October 2000. They are an invaluable resource for journalism educators teaching young journalists how to conduct interviews, not just how to land them. The full articles can be found at the link below.
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