We're Looking for Partners for the Spring Semester of our Intro to Journalism Course [J101]


1:16 PM Oct. 11, 2011 — by Howard Finberg

We have just crossed the halfway mark for our Introduction to Journalism e-learning class. We've done eight Live Lectures and will have our eighth Live Chat later this week.

As part of NewsU's Introduction to Journalism (J101) pilot program, more than 240 students from our partner schools, Missouri State University, Florida Atlantic University and Cal State, Fullerton, are leveraging the expertise of Poynter as part of a 16-week, college-credit course. The students are learning the basic skills and values of journalism through the use of live video teaching by Poynter faculty and adjuncts, as well as lessons drawn from more than two dozen self-directed modules on NewsU.

Now, our efforts turn to finding the next group of pioneering schools for this innovative journalism education program.

We've learned a great deal about how to conduct this form of education, and I believe we have done a good job giving students a positive experience. Here's what one student had to say:

"I found the online modules and essays to be thought provoking and fun. So far every module has been different and approached its subject in a unique way, which I think helps stimulate learning. In addition, I appreciate the interactive sections of the modules, which allow me to get instant feedback on my knowledge comprehension and retention." --Lindie Underwood, Missouri State University.

What's interesting about Ms. Underwood's experience is that's she's studying in China.

This pilot program is funded by a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York. If you are interested in learning more about being a pilot partner for the upcoming Spring 2012 semester, contact us at hfinberg [at] poynter [dot] org or call 727-821-9494.

We have a nifty FAQ and other documents to help you understand the unique value of this program.