5. Journalists as teachers

At the University of Amsterdam, Journalism Studies, there are 20–25 people, a fairly stable group of professionals who visit courses and come in to teach, either lectures or whole courses. New talents are also sought to join the visiting teacher crew:

We still hire new people and old people cycle out, and we’re always looking for new talent and also younger talent, to come and support us. But luckily, because our program is in Amsterdam in [the] city centre, we have this very close relationship with the top media in the Netherlands. So we are in a very lucky position. It’s like in Columbia in New York; they can get the best journalists, because they’re next door to the New York Times. And the same goes for us; we’re next door to the NRC, which is the Dutch New York Times, if you will, so we are in a very lucky position in that sense.

At IULM University, the Master in Journalism is very much oriented towards the job market, and the teachers are all professional journalists:

We want to keep up with the times; that’s why, for instance, we ask a geographer, who is a member of the The Guardian Editorial Board, to teach in our master course. Since he is an expert at mapping, he is, in fact, able to value which news deserves to get the best play on digital platforms, following the well-known principle of “digital first”.

We have also a Data Journalism course in which students learn how to use an Excel file for exploring databases, which are a treasure trove of information, but only if you know how to use them. In fact, you should know how to ponder data, because numbers have no meaning if you don’t recreate the context that supports them.

This good practices is mainly informed by the interview with Mark Deuze, Professor at University of Amsterdam, Department of Media Studies and the interview with Ivan Berni, Journalist and Coordinator of Master in Journalism, IULM, Italy

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