Aspiring journalists, stop with the “email interviews”






Whenever I give journalism students assignments that require interviews, it’s inevitable that someone will ask whether email interviews are acceptable. And invariably, my responses are: In-person, Skype, Google Hangout or telephone interviews are preferable. A text chat is better than an email exchange. If email is the only option, call it an exchange, not an […]

Tip sheet: Writing stories based on data






In getting ready for a new semester, I came across this tip sheet from a computer-assisted reporting class I taught a decade ago. Hivemind, what would you add or change to make it relevant to today’s media landscape? One thing I would add would be some tips on automating data collection. Writing stories based on […]

Live blog, NABJ blogging panel






I took these notes at the NABJ convention in Philadelphia in early August. Although I never got a chance to refine them, the notes will be useful for the Social Media class I will be teaching next semester. Topic: What makes a multimedia blog successful? Dan Farber -Great content. – the same things that make […]

The New Wave in Journalism Education






Georgia Tech’s work in computational journalism has yielded a textbook on designing games for news, along with a blog. As Martha Stewart would say, “This is a good thing.” Update, April 30: I’ve since read the book and I recommend it. It’s not a design manual, rather, it’s a book that seeks to define news […]

How should journalism educators teach and study social media?






A┬árecent blog post by Vadim Lavrusik called upon journalism educators to make social media and online community engagement a stronger part of their curricula: “[T]here are three components I think that are still largely missing from most journalism curricula today that could help in user engagement: learning the social media tools available for journalists to […]