Mark on January 10th, 2010

I’m on the verge of recommending that our journalism program get out of the newspaper business. (This is not an anti-print rant, nor does it mean I’m one of those who sees no future for print. What drives this isn’t a matter of platform, it’s thinking about how best to teach skills.) Our print issue […]

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Mark on September 7th, 2009

Charlie Smith, who used to teach with us at Kwantlen before he was named editor of The Georgia Straight and made too busy to teach, had the best advice I’ve ever heard for student success. Charlie’s three simple rules for students were: show up, pay attention and do the work. Do those three, he’d tell […]

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Mark on March 6th, 2009

@alainsaffel kicked off a bit of a discussion this morning, with this tweet: With huge cuts in journalism jobs, nobody’s asking the question: when are journalism schools going to close? Several of us kicked it around, 140 characters at a time, for a half-hour or so, without coming to conclusions, of course, because Twitter works […]

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Mark on December 1st, 2008

Digital News Initiative UC Berkeley from richard hernandez on Vimeo. Richard Koci Hernandez shows all the visual creativity we have come to associate him with in explaining what he’s been up to since leaving the San Jose Mercury News. Sounds like an amazing j-program. I first saw this, posted by Chuck Fadely, at the Newspaper […]

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Mark on March 27th, 2008

Journalism school graduates: How to increase your chance of finding a job and decrease your chance of having to vent on This post, at Innovation in College Media, from the creator of Angry Journalists, is one of the best advice pieces I’ve ever seen for those trying to break into journalism. Read it. Hell, […]

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Mark on March 27th, 2008

I’ve already put this out at Wired Journalists and over Twitter (with no responses so far), so I figured I’d go for the trifecta and blog it, too. I’m doing some deep thinking about work experience for college journalists. We currently require a four-week work experience for our second-year students which is done as part […]

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Mark on March 6th, 2008

I understand passion and, intellectually, I understand what Mindy McAdams is writing about in her post Why you should suck it up and learn to script and what Matt Neznanski is addressing in his Wired Journalists post What tools? Wrong question. Both are advocating, passionately and strongly, that journalists learn skills such as JavaScript, HTML […]

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