Broadcast Town Meeting: What’s made your job a little easier in recent years?

Broadcast Town Meeting: What’s made your job a little easier in recent years?

| January 30, 2015 | 2 Comments

At different times on Thursday evenings I have dropped in on the “Jerd Chat” (#jerdchat) on Twitter. I really enjoy reading other journalism teachers’ contributions to discussions covering topics so many of us relate to, and every once in a while I chime in myself. When I began trying to teach broadcast journalism in the […]

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PODCAST – Making the News Taste Better

PODCAST – Making the News Taste Better

| January 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

News is kind of like broccoli. I’ll let Carmel HS adviser Jim Streisel explain in this episode.

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Use IFTTT to automatically track social and web postings to a single Google Calendar

Use IFTTT to automatically track social and web postings to a single Google Calendar

| January 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

Unable to display content. Adobe Flash is required. I was speaking with Erica Smith last summer about wanting an easy (and cheap way) to track my staff’s social postings a bit better. She’s done a lot of work with social media  and I figured if anyone had the answer, it would be Erica. She did. […]

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Video Teaching Tips and Examples from Top Publications YouTube Channels

Video Teaching Tips and Examples from Top Publications YouTube Channels

| January 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

In an effort to encourage my students to produce more video content I created the Storify below with a an article about how to make good videos and examples from top publications YouTube channels.  The content being produced on traditional “newspaper” media outlets is really outstanding.  The videos many times are also paired with features […]

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#SJW2015 Podcast

#SJW2015 Podcast

| January 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

Bonus podcast this week everyone! We sit down with Evelyn Lauer and Adam Dawkins about Scholastic Journalism Week (Feb. 22-25). How is the JEA recognizing it? What are some of the great ways you can get your students involved? It’s all here in the podcast! Here are some links that Adam and Evelyn referred to: […]

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JEA Digital Media Podcast – Recruiting

JEA Digital Media Podcast – Recruiting

| January 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

Matt Schott (Francis Howell Central HS, St. Louis), Jon Rogers (Iowa City HS, Iowa City) and I talk about the challenges of recruiting new staffers to our journalism programs. In addition to the podcast, here are some links that we referred to: 5 Reasons to Take Journalism  FHC Recruiting Video  Aaron Manfull’s The Next 26 – […]

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Diversify Your News Coverage

Diversify Your News Coverage

| January 19, 2015 | 0 Comments

As journalism advisers, we know the importance of reporting multiple sides of every story.   But what if our staffs were inherently incapable of doing so? That’s the fundamental question I pondered after the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson Missouri this summer.   Once again, there was major rift in the perception of events between blacks and […]

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iTunesU Courses Offer Free Video & Photojournalism Curriculum

iTunesU Courses Offer Free Video & Photojournalism Curriculum

| January 16, 2015 | 1 Comments

Journalism teachers are always looking for curriculum and ideas for how to teach their classes.  Recently, Don Goble authored a great iTunesU course on mobile journalism, and I published two courses: Photojournalism For Social Change and Video Journalism For Social Change. Don’s course is a great way to get your feet wet producing video news […]

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Five common mistakes in high school broadcasts

Five common mistakes in high school broadcasts

| January 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

In no special order, below find five common mistakes you can often find in high school broadcasts. I know this, because in 25 plus years of advising a show, we have been (and are) guilty of these from time to time. 1. USE OF THE PASSIVE VOICE:   When you write your script, remember to use […]

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