How OZY is Equipping Educators for Changing Media Audiences

Carlos Watson, host of PBS’ “Third Rail with OZY” and founder of the daily digital news and culture magazine OZY.com, has a theory to address the transformations in both journalism and education. His ideas are rooted in his father’s “aspirational relationship to the news.” Watson said his dad, a teacher like many in his family, believed media should be more than information passively consumed by an audience – it should help set a course for the future. “News and culture and information can actually broaden you, and motivate you, and provoke you and really encourage you to try things you otherwise may not think about doing,” Watson said.
As Watson visits campuses on the OZY EDU College Tour, the journalist and entrepreneur is bringing into classrooms both conversations and tools for educators to employ his father’s understanding of audience as empowered partner. Although technology and multiple
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How College Media Staffs, Advisers Pursue Digital-First Mindset

DALLAS, Texas — College media staffs and advisers shared concepts and tools relating to the present and future of student publications while in Dallas at the Associated Collegiate Press/College Media Association Annual Fall Convention Oct. 25-29. Although more tried-and-true themes were also part of the schedule of sessions – from yearbook page design to good reporting skills – a number of sessions spoke to the increasing digital nature of college media during the five-day event.

Closing the Digital Divide – Pepperdine Graphic Media

Noting that Pepperdine Graphic Media’s transition to a digital-first newsroom was challenging, Director Elizabeth Smith also said the effort was worth it, as students now think digitally at their small, private university, yielding a new way to do journalism. The key aspects of their transition included a fully combined staff, stories published on digital platforms before printed ones, an increase in updates for online content, a large
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Fight Fire with Convergence: J-Schools Must Address Both Anger and Distrust of Media

Although there can be a stark distinction between actual journalists and those “in the media,” the public doesn’t always know the difference. Malice is now directed at both, in the form of digital threats as well as physical violence. The high-profile narrative of the assault of Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs by now-Montana congressman Greg Gianforte raised the visibility of this issue, but it is by far not the only account. It is now all too clear there is a deep sentiment of distrust — and possibly hatred — against journalists. According to NBC’s Bradd Jaffy, the last month has seen journalists “arrested, slapped, pinned against a wall, choke-slammed for trying to do their jobs.” The Washington Post also detailed this string of incidents against reporters, noting that Reporters Without Borders recently lowered the U.S. press freedom index by two spots, ranking it only 43 out of Continue reading "Fight Fire with Convergence: J-Schools Must Address Both Anger and Distrust of Media"

Why Journalism, Education Could Benefit From a Mixed-Methods Approach

Education and journalism are essentially about people and their stories, as well as sharing information that produces prepared citizens for the good of the world. Of course, these are lofty goals, which are realized only in part because educators and journalists are in the trenches each day, fighting valiantly against apathy, ignorance, funding loss, and other barriers. Another current commonality, which isn’t so positive, is a titanic shift from people to numbers – a pivot that, although well-meaning, has had disastrous consequences.

Journalism’s obsession with numbers

Journalism has bought into data. We have seen those statistics be beautifully instructive through visualizations, infographics and in-depth reporting. We have also seen interpretations of that data be wrong, namely in the results of Brexit and the 2016 U.S. election. Journalists are, of course, struggling with those outcomes still, and media are working to counterbalance what some have seen as an overreliance on numbers versus
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