Sunday, November 15, 2009

Delicious Today: Innovative way of teaching journalism at NYU

#1: Studio 20, NYU's new journalism MA program
The curriculum emphasizes project-based learning. Students, faculty and visiting talent work on editorial and web development projects together, typically with media partners (e.g. the Economist magazine in 2009) who themselves need to find new approaches or face problems in succeeding online. The curriculum has three parts: 1.) the traditional requirements of two basic reporting classes plus "the ethics of the web;" 2.) a core of three project-based classes called Studio I, II and III; and 3.) elective enrichment courses that allow students to pursue interests and work on initiatives of their own. In their third and final semester, students design their own project with an appropriate media partner and try to create innovation--as well as a name--for themselves.
I really like this project-based approach to teaching journalism. It allows students to interact more with real-world media organizations, to gain more practical experience and skills, and, most importantly, to develop ownership of media innovation process. From my experience of working with media technology, learning to use technical tools is just the first step of innovation. Innovation is a process, a mindset. An innovator needs to be quick in learning new skills, but also be willing to discard what he has learned in the past and know when and how to do that.

#2: How U.S. Adults Use Radio and Other Forms of Audio
Results from the Council for Research Excellence, Video Consumer Mapping Study based on 2008 data:
  • 90% of adults are exposed to some form of audio media on a daily basis, with broadcast radio having by far the largest share of listening time.
  • Audio media exposure has the highest reach among those with higher levels of education and income.
  • Broadcast radio is the dominant form of audio media at home, work, and in the car.
  • On average, individuals spend almost identical amounts of time during weekdays (454 minutes) as they do on weekends (458 minutes) using one of the five key media sources.
#3: Top 50 Journalism Blogs
"The following list of top fifty journalism blogs includes blogs that focus on citizen, or grassroot, journalism, personal blogs from professional reporters, journalism school-supported blogs, blogs on a new media focus, organizational blogs and self-professed bipartisan resource blogs that provide primary resources for investigative writing."
This is an excellent collection of journalism resources and thinkers that can help us keep track the current development and debate in journalism. It saves me a lot of searching time.

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