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MediaShift Launches EducationShift to Move Journalism Education Forward

PBS MediaShift recently announced the launch of EducationShift, a revamped site to help bolster journalism education.

edshift post picSupported by both the Knight Foundation and the Scripps College of Communication, the re-tooled Education Shift site will feature increased coverage of classroom innovation as journalism and communications schools around the world wrestle with unprecedented technological changes.

According to MediaShift, the project will include enhanced coverage of changes in journalism education, including highlights of innovation in curriculum, resources for educators, leads on grants and funding for innovation.

In addition, the site will host Bi-weekly Twitter chats at the #EdShift hashtag with important educators, students, professionals and others talking about important timely topics. Development of online learning modules will help train journalists, students, citizen journalists and others who need better digital and social skills.

Katy Culver, Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication, was tapped by MediaShift to oversee editorial, social media outreach, related events and online learning modules for the project.

“I’ve been waiting for something like EdShift to come along for quite some time, so I’m thrilled to be a part of making it happen,” said Culver. “This effort is going to provide a lot of solutions to a lot of people who care about teaching future generations of journalists…”

“MediaShift has been covering issues around journalism education since 2007, but with the grant from Knight and support from our charter sponsor Scripps College we’re now able to up the ante and really push for change in journalism education,” said Mark Glaser, executive editor of PBS MediaShift and Idea Lab.

“It’s been nice having conversations about how J-schools need to change and adapt for the digital age. But it’s even nicer to provide a deeper resource with sample lessons, regular Twitter chats at #EdShift, resources for grants, examples of innovation and more so educators and institutions can *take action* instead of just talking about it.”

For more information on the project, visit pbs.org/mediashift.

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