What happened when I let my students Google me

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In addition to the Multimedia Storytelling class I’ve been teaching for a few years at Temple University, this semester I’m also teaching Journalism Research.

Students in this required course, mostly sophomores, learn how to use various databases, library tools  and social media to research and verify information, and then determine how to use that information in their reporting.

I gave them a pretty simple assignment for our very first class: Google me and tell me what you find. The idea here was to measure the baseline of their search skills – what are they checking, where does that lead them, and how deep will they dive?

The results are below. Continue reading

What my multimedia journalism students will learn this semester

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Our classroom at Temple University's Center City Campus

Our classroom at Temple University’s Center City Campus

The Spring 2014 semester at Temple University starts today (we’re delayed a week because of snow and ice), and as of 5:30 p.m., I’ll be back in the classroom with junior and senior journalism undergrads. We’ve got 15 weeks to explore multimedia storytelling. Here’s some of what we’ll do: Continue reading

A semester as an adjunct journalism professor

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After teaching a month-long high school journalism course through Temple University, I was asked to stay on as an adjunct for the Fall 2010 semester in the journalism department. I was thrilled.

I spent the next 15 weeks teaching 13 students — mostly freshmen — about grammar and AP Style, and worked as a teaching assistant for Multimedia Urban Reporting Lab, Temple’s capstone journalism program, with which I have a partnership through my business, NEast Philly.

Aside from being excited about the new opportunity, I also looked forward to teaching two classes I’d taken as a student at Temple. Continue reading