Mark on July 18th, 2011

What follows is the first draft of an article I intend to direct students to. It’s not a manifesto, or in-depth teaching philosophy, or anything of that sort: it’s more a collection of observations. Other teachers — and students — are encouraged use the comments to react to these, argue against them or add to […]

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Mark on January 2nd, 2010

The next semester starts in a couple of days, and with it the first class of what is essentially a course that introduces first year students to multimedia journalism tools and skills. To prepare, I’ve been drafting a list of principles to guide the course (and students). So far, I have this: 1. The ability […]

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Mark on December 29th, 2009

I’ve been neglecting the blog a little over the past week or so, but it has nothing to do with the holiday season. What’s been eating up my time is prep for next semester. I’m excited about it, because of what I’ll be teaching. But getting ready has meant anywhere from three to nine hours […]

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Mark on December 5th, 2009

As one semester dwindles and another looms, I need to tap into the broader intelligence. Specifically, I’m looking for feedback from journalists, teachers of multimedia and anyone else on content for a first-year news production course I teach each spring semester. The course started out years ago as 15 weeks of learning newspaper design, Quark, […]

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Mark on July 16th, 2009

I learned something today (or maybe relearned something I already knew), while walking around searching for an image to go with “duality,” my TSI word of the day. (Explanation here; photo here.) It seems the more I pay attention to a single concept, the more focussed I am on trying to see something such as […]

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