Catalogue of good practices

in the field of digital and cross-media journalism in a glocal perspective

This Good Practice Catalogue is part of the research phase of the eMEDia project and outlines a set of good practices in journalism education with the aim of informing the subsequent phases of the project and the design of the Master Course in cross-media journalism.

Authorship and acknowledgments

Introduction
Digital technologies are changing journalism in ways that are causing a major shift in both the practice of news organizations and the curriculum of journalism education. Basic skills, such as writing and grammar and a general knowledge and news sense, still remain important, but there is also an increasing need to manage multimedia skills and to understand digital platforms.

The concept of “cross-media” describes communication (or news production) where two or more media platforms are involved in an integrated way (Erdal 2011, 214). What journalism students need to learn is how the diverse media channels complement each other and how to coordinate the journalistic work among these channels.

In the eMEDia project, interviews were conducted with several professional journalists and other experts in order to learn about good practices in cross-media journalism. In addition, case study analysis and desk research was conducted in order to create a bottom-up approach for teaching cross-media journalism.

Interviews

The eMEDia Project interviewed media professionals, both journalists and academics, on the promises and challenges of cross-media journalism. Some of their ideas and visions of journalism and examples of good practices in journalism education can be found in these interview clips and summaries:

  • Chiqui Esteban, Deputy Director, Art, Graphics & Maps at National Geographic and Graphic Media consultant at Innovation Media
  • Javier Guallar, Profesor en Facultat de Biblioteconomia i Documentació, UB
  • Walid Hayouni, Academic, teacher of electronic communications at IPSI
  • Malek Khadraoui, Journalist, Directorial Editor of Inkyfada web magazine and trainer in online journalism
  • Renny Jokelin, Investigative journalist & producer at YLE, Finland, visiting professor at UTA
  • Mark Deuze, Professor at University of Amsterdam, Department of Media Studies
  • Stephan Russ-Mohl, Professor of Journalism and Media Management at the Faculty of Communication Sciences, Università della Svizzera italiana, Lugano and Director of the European Journalism Observatory
  • Ivan Berni, Journalist and Coordinator of Master in Journalism, IULM, Italy
  • Stefano Lamorgese, Journalist at Rainews 24, Ital
  • Zouhir Louassini, Journalist at Rainews 24, Italy
  • Ugo Tramballi, Journalist at Il Sole 24 Ore, Italy

Good Practices

Based on interviews, case study analysis and desk research, the project identified the following good practices in journalism education:

1. Digital journalism as a cultural mindset (not as tools)
2. Theory and Practice combined
3. Investigative journalism report & selling the story
4. Visiting professor in journalism education
5. Journalists as teachers
6. Example of a consortium between university and a broadcaster (IULM & Mediaset Group, Italy)
7. Learning the internet grammar
8. News desk approach
9. Data journalism and infographics in journalism education
10. Examples of digital journalism teaching
11. Teaching media tools

References and further reading

We are seeking Guest Contributors to enrich the catalogue of good practices in cross-media Journalism!