I’ve really enjoyed designing and teaching a data-journalism course for the Communications@SU master’s program. It is part of a three-course Journalism Innovation track within the program. I got to interview rock-star journalists like Ryann Grochowski Jones of ProPublica, Jason Leopold of VICE News and the team behind this amazing piece on deaths in the Texas child welfare system. And the students in the program have been fantastic — adults with families and full plates who still thrive in the program because of their drive to become leaders in the field.
The Newhouse School won in three of the four categories in AEJMC‘s Best of Digital competition at the organization’s huge 2016 annual conference in Minneapolis. Why not in all four, you ask? Only because no one from this amazing school bothered to enter into the last category, that’s why! My co-teacher Jon Glass and I won in the “single class” category for the content and website produced by our Web Journalism & Innovation class. Thank you to Jeff Passetti who helped design, and largely built, the winning website. And major kudos to the students for producing amazing multimedia pieces that include 360 video, time-lapse video and animation.