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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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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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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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John Sawatsky on interviewing

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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Resources for teaching computer-assisted reporting

CARinCanada is a website where Canadian journalists can learn about computer-assisted reporting in Canada, and get weekly tips to help them use spreadsheets and databases in their reporting. The site is maintained by Fred Vallance-Jones, a reporter at the Hamilton Specator, part-time instructor at the University of King’s College, and a veteran user of computer-assisted reporting techniques. He also edits J-Source’s CAR J-Topic.
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Notes towards a definition of journalism

In the opening to his essay on the education of journalists, Canadian journalism educator, G. Stuart Adam writes: “Journalism is made; it doesn’t just happen. So the language we use to see it and teach it must be akin to the language of art. The language of art encourages students to enter the imagination of the artist and meditate on how the artist does what he or she does…I have tried in this piece to create a language that expresses what I and other journalists are doing as we work off our palettes.”
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J-schools step up investigative reporting instruction

Five American universities have found a way to work together so students can learn to do large-scale investigative reporting projects.
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