1. Digital journalism as a cultural mindset (not as tools)

Traditionally, journalism education is very medium-dependent, but at the University of Amsterdam, the first half of the journalism programme is based on teaching by medium type, and after that, it becomes more integrated. Teaching is also project-based and teamwork-based as well as based on collaboration with people from different backgrounds (also coders, programmers, information designers and data visualists). Digital education is partly experimental and pioneering, but teaching is also grounded in the everyday reality of journalism practice. At the same time, however, students should be ...
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2. Theory and Practice combined

Theory and practice should be taught together. Theoretical concepts should be learnt through practice. Teachers should make an effort to know their surrounding media in order to use examples close to the students’ context. Collaborating with local media is essential in the journalist education process and should be included in university programs. Universities should develop strategies to help students’ written works be published in digital journals or local media. It is crucial to teach how to use social media as professional tools, as they guarantee interaction with the audience. This goo...
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3. Investigative journalism report & selling the story

As an assignment, teams of students have to do an investigative journalism report in 10 weeks. They do their investigation and also plan an innovative way to tell the story, a design for the journalistic case. Then the editors of the main Dutch quality news organizations are invited to listen as the students pitch their ideas to them, and the editors obtain the rights to buy the stories. The students not only work for the school but for real, and they are enabled to do the actual journalistic story with the resources of the news organizations that have bought the stories. This teaches the stud...
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4. Visiting professor in journalism education

The School of Communication, Media and Theatre (CMT; University of Tampere) has established a post of visiting professor in journalism studies. The post is intended for a journalist distinguished in his/her own field. The purpose of this professorial post is to bring practical working life and university education and research closer together. The post is filled for a fixed term of one year at a time, as the purpose of the professorial post is to introduce into teaching a variety of practice-oriented journalistic know-how and expertise. During their studies, the journalism students have an ...
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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 ...
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6. Example of a consortium between university and a broadcaster

(IULM & Mediaset Group, Italy) This two-year Master Course in journalism is organized by campus multimedia in Formazione, a consortium between Libera Università di Lingue e Comunicazione (IULM) and the Mediaset Group. During these two years, students have the possibility of integrating classroom learning with some experience in the field of journalism. On the KTC University campus, students work on multimedia journalism, while in the Mediaset newsroom, they are part of the real editorial staff involved in a complete digital television production line. In the first year, students atte...
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7. Learning the internet grammar

The starting point is to come back to “Internet grammar”, to the basis, for example, to HyperText Markup Language (HTML). HTML is the basis for understanding the interface of websites and understanding how computers interact among them. HTML is fundamental in order to analyse a tweet, a post on Facebook or a post on your own website; it is the basis for everything. This good practices is mainly informed by the interview with Stefano Lamorgese, Journalist at Rainews 24, Italy
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8. News desk approach

In journalism education, there should be a news desk that works like a real news desk. The stories students write should be taken in and published in different university media and always on the Internet. The desk could work perhaps an hour or two a day, and it could be run by older students and coordinated by a teacher in collaboration with the teachers responsible for each medium. This good practices is mainly informed by the interview with Renny Jokelin, Journalist at YLE Finnish national broadcast company, producer in investigative journalism television programme MOT. Visiting professor...
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9. Data journalism and infographics in journalism education

Data journalism is journalism done with data, an ability to tell a compelling story, with the sheer scale and range of digital information now available. Data collection can be a way to collect information or can be a tool by which to tell a story. The journalistic scoop can be found by combining different data, and data can be visualized and presented to the reader as infographics (http://datajournalismhandbook.org/). Infographics are visual explanations. They can use a combination of images, drawings, diagrams, videos or any visual items and words to achieve their goals. While data visual...
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10. Examples of digital journalism teaching

The University of North Carolina (http://unc.edu/). The School of Journalism and Mass Communication offers an online master’s degree that focuses on interactive media, the Internet and digital economics, addressing issues that are reshaping journalism and mass communication (http://matc.jomc.unc.edu/). They also have a graduate level online education programme (http://www.jomc.unc.edu/academics/graduate-studies/certificate-technology-and-communication-0) which lasts three semesters and consists of the courses, Writing for Digital Media, Visual Communication and Multimedia, and Digital Data and...
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