I don’t want students to just view their future profession as a job. I want them to love to write, and understand all of the opportunities journalism has to offer.
Course: Multimedia Journalism
As the media landscape continues to shift and evolve, so must journalists. Performing as just one type of reporter — print, photography, broadcast — is no longer enough. The job market is becoming less, and less impressed by reporters who can “do it all’ — it is becoming the industry norm.Throughout this course, reporters will become proficient in creating three different types of stories designed for a Web audience: audio, still photography, and multimedia packages. Most importantly though, students will be encouraged to find projects they are passionate about. When students ask what they should do for projects, our response is: Do what makes you excited!
Spring Hill College
This course is one of the more challenging in the College of Journalism and Communications' curriculum. It requires students to facilitate the role as both reporter and editor throughout the semester. Students work in the Innovation News Center (INC), a live newsroom that houses radio, television and web.As editors, students examine their peers' submissions, focusing on content quality, fact checking, AP style and grammatical errors. Final stories are published on WUFT.org. As reporters, students are required to bring ideas to daily pitch meetings, and are then sent into the field to report. They are required to publish daily stories and in-depth features. I was involved with this course for the majority of my graduate school career, serving as a teaching assistant for four semesters and instructor of record for one.
University of Florida
Spring 2014; Fall 2014; Spring 2015; Summer 2015; Fall 2015
Course: Smartphone Reporting
This course taught students how to use their personal smartphone device in the field to create digital stories.I was sought out by Spring Hill to assist in the department’s transition from traditional to digital reporting by developing a one-credit-hour skills-based class. As the Multimedia Editor for the publication I worked for, I had taken on the task of mobile reporting. Over time, I became skilled at this type of storytelling. The course was designed based on my experience shooting and editing short, multimedia stories intended for web.
Spring Hill College