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Learn New Journalism Skills for Free, Thanks to Knight

Are you a student looking to learn more about journalism or a journalism teacher looking to update your skills?

The Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas is offering free, online classes in mobile journalism and in investigative reporting this summer. Yes, I said FREE. All you have to do is sign up here.

The investigative reporting course, Investigative Journalism for the Digital Age, recently wrapped up but is still accessible online.  I took the investigative reporting classes, and I am glad I did. Although the introductory material won’t be new to many journalism teachers, there are great tips from investigative reporters and hands-on exercises on using Excel for database reporting. The course also includes great examples to show your classes and publicly available online resources for information. I highly recommend it for students and teachers alike.

Introduction to Mobile Journalism started June 30 and runs until Aug. 3, 2014. It is not too late to enroll. Among the experts teaching the course are Robert Hernandez, whom some of you on Twitter may know as @webjournalist or through #wjchat. I’ll be signing up for this course later today.

Hope to see you on the class Facebook page or forums! Trust me, the classes are worth your time.

 

 

 

I’m Back: Journalism and ‘the Academy’

I took a break from this blog because I didn’t think it mattered to people, particularly some of those who had power over my tenure review and over whether I got to stay at a job I loved. I tried to focus solely on what those people thought had “value,” and my blog was clearly not one of those things.

I made a mistake.

I’m sure this situation is not unusual to some of you who teach at colleges and are on a tenure track line. I shouldn’t have been surprised. After all, journalists, despite their important mission to inform the public and act as the public’s watchdog, are hardly treated with respect. But what I have come to realize is that I cannot let the views of some, regardless of their power, change what I do if I believe in it. It was true as a journalist, and it is certainly true as a journalism teacher.

I have a voice, and I am going to use it.

Thank you to all who have followed this blog.  If you left, I will work to get you back as reader. If you stayed, thank you; I will work to make it worth your time.

So stay tuned for posts about all things journalism, particularly as relates to teaching, college journalism, media law, and gender and the media.