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My advice to the college journalists: Show your personality

What the journalism world needs now more than ever aren’t new apps, forms, or business models. It needs professionals dedicated to the ideals of journalism who would do anything to tell the stories they know people need to hear. Legacy media traditions, such as deadlines, print schedules, and even objective, won’t hinder those with this drive, and they’ll also be the most capable and qualified to create journalism innovations.

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Carnival of Journalism makes journalists, educators, editors talk to each other

It was gratifying to see the amount of participation based on Cohn’s first summary post. A number of friends, colleagues and former students at the University of Missouri responded. What I appreciated most about the carnival, especially after reading most of the first 50 or so posts, is how Cohn is encouraging us to practice what we preach. He brought so many people together from so many different places that I’m confident positive change will come from our discussion. I know I will at least make better contacts and add some new ideas to the way I teach journalism. I’ve added at least half a dozen new blogs to my Shrook account.

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Carnival of Journalism: J Schools should test, model what editors wish they could do

Universities need to push the journalism envelope when the industry cannot.

They need to test the innovations because they can afford to fail. Failure is often a good lesson for students. To make it all worthwhile, however, universities must do a better job reaching out to the industry and providing more than an ample supply of interns. Journalism researchers and professors must overcome our fear to step back into the newsroom. We must realize the industry is hungry for what we have to offer.

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Big Blog Theory: Learning science from a sitcom

As I write this, I’m preparing a lecture on modular newspaper design. I’m trying to use lots of examples from their projects and the industry. I’ve got a front page PDF of USA Today raring to go. My class can only hope that some of Saltzberger’s wisdom rubbed off on me. If educators truly want to make a difference, they have to do more than just drone on about their subject. I’m continually impressed with how my peers are striving to introduce new technology in their classes, to challenge their students to think critically, and to carefully guide students. I need to do that more, and I’m hopeful, and I think my students are too, that finding Saltzberger’s blog is a good first step.

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iPad solves textbook rip off scam

If the goal of education is really sharing information and inspiring thought, free or low-cost textbooks must be available. One day, I hope to write a text, and I’m seriously going to consider offering an interactive version that’s available for free download.

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Journalism job, curriculum advice: Build online portfolio

As one of the “online guys” here on campus, I get asked a lot about the future of journalism. Specifically students wonder if there’s a future in the major they signed up for. Over and over again, I remind them the future is what you make it. The skills you learn in J School aren’t applicable only to writing for a newspaper. They’ll help you your entire life to understand the world better. They don’t always believe me. Today, it was nice to find two other sources I can turn them to that are essentially saying the same thing. One of them, in fact, is probably where I got my ideas about the need for journalism skills to begin with.

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News editing for the next generation

In the end, I know I must focus first and foremost on the “editorial eye.” If I can instill in students the knack for finding le mot juste or ferreting out the most newsworthy package, I’ll have done my job. I can really complicate things by adding too much technology, and it’s hard to get them to accept they need it when the industry hasn’t made its mind up yet either. Just starting a blog can have a tremendous impact on how one sees the Web. Maybe exposing them to a few Web design basics will give them the spark to start making sense of if themselves. I’ll keep you updated on how it goes. If any of you have suggestions, please leave me a comment below. I’d love to get the conversation stared about the role of copy editors in online journalism and I’d also love to read what industry folks are already saying about it.

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Teaching online journalism in a Web 1.0 world

How do I teach online journalism when I’m forced to use outdated tools? Honestly, it’s like forcing my newswriting students to use typewriters.

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