Journalism

The Future of Journalism Education. A Personal Perspective

5:02 PM Jun. 04, 2012 — by Howard Finberg

Today (June 4, 2012) I gave the keynote speech at the European Journalism Centre's 20th anniversary celebration in Maastricht, The Netherlands.

I raised some ideas around the difference between journalism education and training and a journalism degree. I also focused on what I see is the disruption of the educational system (or industry) by the same technology forces that turned the media industry upside down and inside out during the past 20 years. In addition, I reported on the results of a study of professionals and professors about how they see the value of a journalism degree.

EJC has posted a video of the speech on the EJC's site, www.ejc.net/anniversary/. The Twitter stream is #ejc20. A recap of the tweets about the talk are at @hif Storify page.

What follows below is what I wrote for the speech, minus a few small pieces. Of course, I went off script a few times, but not to any major degree.

The Future of Journalism Education

By Howard Finberg

Director of Partnerships and Alliances, The Poynter Institute

Given 6.4.2012 to the European Journalism Centre conference on the future.

First, let me congratulate the European Journalism Centre on its 20th anniversary. I’m honored and thrilled to have been invited to give the keynote address this afternoon.

Two years ago, at the journalism session at the Amsterdam Picnic Conference, which was hosted by the EJC, I gave a presentation titled the “Future of Journalism.” It was a pretty lofty title for a 45-minute session. And because it was the last session, I stood in the way of the participants getting to the bar. I’m thankful I don’t have that challenge today.

Instead, I’m challenged to share my thoughts about the “Future of Journalism Education.”

We're Looking for Partners for the Spring Semester of our Intro to Journalism Course [J101]

5:16 PM Oct. 11, 2011 — by Howard Finberg

We have just crossed the halfway mark for our Introduction to Journalism e-learning class. We've done eight Live Lectures and will have our eighth Live Chat later this week.

As part of NewsU's Introduction to Journalism (J101) pilot program, more than 240 students from our partner schools, Missouri State University, Florida Atlantic University and Cal State, Fullerton, are leveraging the expertise of Poynter as part of a 16-week, college-credit course. The students are learning the basic skills and values of journalism through the use of live video teaching by Poynter faculty and adjuncts, as well as lessons drawn from more than two dozen self-directed modules on NewsU.

Now, our efforts turn to finding the next group of pioneering schools for this innovative journalism education program.

We've learned a great deal about how to conduct this form of education, and I believe we have done a good job giving students a positive experience. Here's what one student had to say:

Week 01 at J101: Getting Started is Always Fun (Hard)

5:46 PM Aug. 24, 2011 — by Howard Finberg

We kicked off the J101 / Introduction to Journalism course this week. No major issues. Most of the students got into their virtual seats without any human intervention. (A few got sidetrack because of some coding, but we moved them into the right sections.)

So, did NewsU learn anything yet? Coming off summer into an e-learning module, especially for those who are new to online learning, can be a challenge. Perhaps next semester, we'll push back our opening lecture to later in the week. (Next post will share some thoughts about our first Live Lecture, which was terrific.)

The coordinator instructor at Poynter for this project is Aly Colon.To help students ease into the new instructional method, we produced a short (3 minute) video. It welcomes students outlines the overall themes of the course. I thought it was worth sharing so we made it available here.

E-Learning Classroom is Open for Learning and Teaching

4:50 PM Aug. 20, 2011 — by Howard Finberg

On Friday, Aug. 19, 2011, we turned on our first 16-week e-learning module for university students. As you know, we'll be teaching across multiple campuses and with different tools from our online training kit. Of course we don't know whether these students have had much experience with online education. All the research indicates they might taken an online class, especially if they have been in college for a couple of years. Even our own NewsU evaluations surveys have shown a big jump in the number of participants who have had e-learning experience. In 2005, 48 percent said "yes." In 2011, that number was 70 percent.

We have spent lots of time thinking about the student experience as we designed both the content and the interface for this course. Given our different methods of online teaching -- synchronous and asynchronous -- we recognize that more content could cause confusion and hinder effective learning.

Our solutions took two approaches.

First, make sure the online navigation was clear and with specific instructions to the students. In other words, it wasn't going to be enough just to say "go learn from this module." It was more important to say "go to this module, read this section and look these elements."

AEJMC Presentation of the J101 E-Learning Project. We've Gone Public

2:37 PM Aug. 12, 2011 — by Howard Finberg

We rolled out the J101 Project to a nicely crowded room at the AEJMC Convention in St. Louis yesterday. I outlined the why and how aspects of the our e-learning pilot. One key thought that keeps rolling around in our heads is how this course is an innovative marriage of NewsU's self directed training, our Webinar methods and our online group seminar experiences. We are also happy to share our new "Instructor Dashboard," which will have uses beyond this project.

While the PowerPoint only has the outline of the project, it might be helpful for those who want to learn more.

Inside Look at J101, a Unique E-Learning Project: Counting the Days Until School Starts

8:58 PM Aug. 07, 2011 — by Howard Finberg

We are fewer than three weeks away from the launch of our latest project, a 16-week introduction to journalism course taught in partnership with three universities. Using e-learning tools developed during the past six years, Poynter NewsU is about to start an exciting new chapter of online journalism training. We've gotten this far thanks in part to a grant from the Carnegie Corporation and the creative thinking of the folks working at Poynter.

Thanks also goes to our three partner schools: Florida Atlantic University, Missouri State University and California State University, Fullerton.

Our goal with this blog is to provide resources about the project and try to capture of our learning so others might benefit. If you have questions or thoughts, drop us a line at info@newsu.org. Or use one of "Feedback" boxes on the site.

We have a nifty flyer about our journalism e-learning course with some kind words from our academic partners.

Happy Learning,

Howard Finberg, interactive learning director @ Poynter

NewsU is Getting Ready for School with J101 Project

2:50 PM Jul. 14, 2011 — by Howard Finberg

We have lined up our partners – Missouri State University, Florida Atlantic University and, the latest, California State University, Fullerton. We announced Cal State this week.

We have lined our courses – 16 weeks of readings, assignments and discussions based on more than two dozen self-directed modules.

We have lined up our faculty – 15 Poynter faculty and associates who will lead a live, interactive session weekly.

Training Tuesday: Special Discount for Search and Social Networking Tools Series

2:34 PM Dec. 07, 2010 — by Howard Finberg

We were so happy with our first Training Tuesday event. Lots of folks enjoyed getting the holiday gift of training, so we decided to find ways to help even more members of the Poynter News University learners community.

Today, for one week only, we are offering a 50% discount code on our Search and Social Networking Tools Series. If you’re struggling to master search and social networking, this is our Training Tuesday gift to you (and your friends and colleagues).

This package helps you explore how to use social networking, search engines, location-based services and blogs to build connections around your content. Included in this package are five Webinar replays—a $132.75 value if purchased individually, and now, all five are available for only $50. Simply enter PTUES2WK50 at checkout.

Here's what's inside the package, which normally costs $100:

Get your promo code to celebrate Training Tuesday: 30 percent discounts on courses

2:48 PM Nov. 26, 2010 — by Howard Finberg

With the holiday season upon us, Poynter’s News University introduces Training Tuesday, a new "shopping" tradition that follows in the footsteps of Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

Training Tuesday, which starts Nov. 30, kicks off that period when work slows and, we hope, there might be a little more time for self-directed training. And self-directed e-learning is what we do best.

In celebration, Poynter's NewsU is giving you 30 percent discounts on NewsU’s Webinar replays, training packages, NewsU Tech courses and seminar snapshots.

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