Overholser to grads: The journalism you’re helping reinvent is just coming into its own

Photo Courtesy of Geneva Overholser

Photo Courtesy of Geneva Overholser

Ed. Note: As the academic year comes to a close, the job market will be flooded with new graduates. Many of those leaving J-school may feel trepidation over the heavy downsizing that has afflicted nearly every major media outlet in the country in recent years. But there are reasons to be encouraged. Last Friday, Geneva Overholser, director of the journalism school at USC Annenberg and a veteran journalist herself, shared many of those reasons with the graduating class in her commencement speech. The core of her message was optimistic: Journalism is an industry that is being reinvented for the better, and today’s graduates are going to help shape it. Overholser herself will be retiring as director of the school, but she offered much hope — and a few bits of wisdom — for one more batch of bright-eyed students ready to become professionals. Following is the complete transcript of her speech, as prepared for delivery. [Read more…]

Link TV Lets Students Edit TV News Online for News Literacy Studies

Link TV announces the launch of Know the News, a set of free educational web-based News Literacy tools focusing on international television news. The project is currently being beta tested by communications and journalism classes at the University of Texas, Austin; American University in Washington D.C.; and students from the Salzburg Academy on Media and Global Change based in Salzburg, Austria.

At knowthenews.tv, students create their own news stories by editing video from a wide variety of U.S. and international TV news reports; and their own news-talk program using out-takes from a nationally broadcast studio-based discussion series. When students publish the news “remixes” they have created, they are rated by site visitors for journalistic qualities including fairness, accuracy, and style. Using special class-code registration, professors can upload news clips for their students to edit, and access a variety of tools that will help them teach News Literacy and track their students’ work.

This October is the News Challenge. This interactive online game uses the year’s most compelling TV news clips from around the world to pull back the curtain of perception and reveal the powerful forces that shape news coverage.

Funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Know the News is a project of Link TV, the first nationwide television channel to provide Americans with global perspectives on news, events and culture. The channel is available on DIRECTV ch. 375, DISH Network ch. 9410, and selected cable channels. Link TV is operated by Link Media, Inc. a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.

Know the News is now enlisting journalism professors who are interested in using these tools in their classrooms. For an invitation and a class code, or just to learn more, contact us at [email protected].