Research

Current and ongoing research PI, Trenton Makes Music: Cultural Identity, Memory and Economic Development Funders: New Jersey Council of the Humanities , College Music Society Community partners: Trenton Public Schools, Trenton Historical Society, Trenton’s Conservatory Mansion,  Laura Poll and her volunteers at Trenton Public Library, Beyond Expectations Project co-director: Teresa Marrin Nakra, Associate Professor, Music and Interactive Multimedia Departments, The College of New Jersey Podcast and event host […]

On teaching game design in a journalism class, Part 4: Newsgames as literary journalism

In the  last blog entry on my newsgames class, I reported on my students’ remix of my intentionally buggy, incomplete Food Stamps game. That exercise served multiple purposes: It provided an accessible example of the challenges of conceiving a newsgame, and for defining requirements for such a game as journalism and as a game. Splitting […]

The Interactive Journalism Institute for Middle Schoolers and the Quest for Computing Diversity

The Re-education of Me Table of Contents What we investigate is linked to who we are The Me nobody knew then Mrs. Jefferson’s “Sympathetic Touch” meets Mrs. Masterman’s Philanthropy Discovering Masterman, discovering myself The electronic music lab at Masterman School The Interactive Journalism Institute for Middle Schoolers and the quest for computing diversity (Disclaimer: while […]

The Electronic Music Lab at Masterman School – An Adventure in Mathetics and Pedagogy

The Re-education of Me Table of Contents What we investigate is linked to who we are The Me nobody knew then Mrs. Jefferson’s “Sympathetic Touch” meets Mrs. Masterman’s Philanthropy Discovering Masterman, discovering myself The electronic music lab at Masterman School The Interactive Journalism Institute for Middle Schoolers and the quest for computing diversity “There are, […]

What is a computational journalist?

A friend posed this question on Facebook in response to my last blog post, and I was tempted to respond, “We’re still figuring it out.” Then I was tempted to be glib and say, “It’s CAR (computer assisted reporting) on the Information Superhighway.” There’s a sense in which both of these statements are true, and yet, there are some things that can be said with some degree of confidence.

A new Scratch experiment

Here’s the thing. The emerging field of computational journalism makes it more imperative than ever that we find ways to broaden the narrow pipeline for computing professionals. While our IJIMS project was designed to attract young people who see themselves more as storytellers than “math types,” at some point, culturally responsive methods for making math […]

Bringing interactive journalism into the middle school: A conversation with Laura Fay

Laura Fay is a Reading teacher at Fisher Middle School in Ewing, New Jersey. For the last three years, she has been an active collaborator in the Interactive Journalism Institute for Middle Schoolers (http://www.tcnj.edu/~ijims), a demonstration project at The College of New Jersey funded by the National Science Foundation’s Broadening Participation in Computing Program. (CNS […]

Scholastic Journalism Education as a Tool for Teaching Computational Thinking

Greg Linch’s April 30, 2010 post at the Publish2 blog improves upon my May 2009 post on computational thinking in journalism by placing it in the context of the larger conversation about the skills and habits of mind that journalists now need. He also offers helpful suggestions about specific computer science concepts that journalists ought to understand. […]