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3 Ways journalism classes are making education more interactive

Journalism is changing because of modern technology so it is fitting that journalism education is changing too. Journalism classes from grade school and high school-level to college and university courses are cleverly using the web and online tools to make their classes more interactive. Here are three ways they are doing it.

Blogs

Before the internet the way educators shared course materials was with a syllabus, handouts, or homework assignments. Blogs allow both students and the instructors to share information related to class and post updates about class assignments. Many journalism classes like in the examples below use blogs to post additional reading from online sites.

426 Multimedia Journalism (OSU School of Communication)
Steve Fox’s Multimedia Journalism Class
UMass Journalism Launchpad
Online Journalism I (Rowan University)
Studio 20 (NYU)

WordPress seems to be a popular choice for creating multi-author blogs though many classes also use Blogger and Tumblr. Some classes even require students to create their own individual blogs and regularly post new content or writing.

Twitter hashtags

Journalism classes where the instructor or students want to share information immediately often turn to Twitter to post updates. Participants can use hashtags, a short phrase or word preceded by the # sign, to include and identify tweets relevant to the class. Signing students up for Twitter also allows them to become familiar with the tool, which is now an essential skill for every journalist.

#umassjour (University of Massachusetts Amherst)
#comm2322 (Southeastern University)
#jenclass (KOMU)
#mapjd (London College of Communication)
#jlmc342 (Iowa State University)
#413t (Arizona State University)

Skype

It is a standing tradition for classes to have guest speakers who share their knowledge and experience with the students. However, this is sometimes more difficult for schools in areas that industry professionals don’t often visit. Skype and other video conferencing tools allow classrooms to connect with professionals around the world and participate in live discussions.

For more on how to use Technology in the classroom, check out this post by Jen Lee Reeves.

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