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Monthly Archives: January 2015

News literacy 101: Journalists should love news

studyingThe questions I presented to my journalism class this week were intended to elicit expected responses – 20-somethings aren’t reading newspapers, or for that matter, reading news in general.

Surprised? You shouldn’t be.

I’ve been in the classroom, either as an adjunct or a grown-up professor since 1993 and over that time, the responses haven’t differed greatly. Career aspirations aside, young people aren’t generally interested in what’s happening around them, especially if it’s off campus. Or, maybe it’s just those who lack interest always find their way into my classes.

This semester’s class at Ohio State didn’t swing the pendulum much. Here’s what a small sample survey (26) can tell me about college students and news literacy. Keep in mind these are journalism students. Your results may differ depending on size sample and the students’ majors.

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2015 Kiplinger Fellows announced at Ohio State

Twenty-five journalists from newsrooms around the world have been named 2015 Kiplinger Fellows at Ohio State University.

The 2015 class includes reporters and editors from a diverse range of news organizations in the United States and seven other countries: Canada, Colombia, Germany, Indonesia, Peru, Portugal and the United Kingdom.

More than 600 journalists applied for the fellowship program, which will take place April 26 to May 1 on the Ohio State campus in Columbus. The Fellows will receive intensive, hands-on training in social media, data journalism, video and other tools to thrive in the digital age.

Kiplinger Fellows return to their newsrooms with new skills and strategies for telling compelling stories using digital tools and apps. They’ll join an impressive group of Kiplinger alumni working in newsrooms around the globe.

The international 2015 Kiplinger Fellows are:

The U.S. 2015 Kiplinger Fellows are:

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2014 Journalism uh-ohs: News blunders that can teach us lessons

Journalism can be a dirty, even scary, business. In the pursuit of news this past year, reporters have trudged waist-deep through flood waters, been teargassed alongside protestors, gotten arrested, threatened and exposed to frighteningly efficient diseases.

Despite the hardship, many produced trenchant, brilliant accounts of the world around us. They’ve brought to us the kidnapping of Nigerian schoolgirls, the downing of airplanes, and cast a light on racial divisions that continue to rankle American society. Journalists had much to congratulate themselves on in 2014.

Yet, as in any news year, plenty of media blunders were made. While critics and comedians might be damning in their indictments of the Fourth Estate, a grizzled professor and veteran journalist once told me there’s evidence of success in those failures. After all, a little honest introspection never did any self-respecting profession any harm.

And so, here are Kip’s picks for the top journalism bungles of the year:

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Digital summit, Sierra Leone, new website: All in a year’s work

Journalists can’t help themselves. The calendar begins to turn and we feel the need to reminisce about the year that was.

At the Kiplinger Program, we couldn’t resist telling you about what we accomplished in 2014. We put our heads together this week and thought about our achievements, and well, even though we were elbow deep in all this work, we allowed ourselves a moment to realize what we accomplished and enjoy what we think is an impressive list.

“These are great. This shows great progress in the program,” director Doug Haddix said.

Of course, nothing on this list is accomplishable without the contributions of so many journalists who worked with us as supporters, trainers, advisers, fellows and participants. So, the program’s successes are linked to the great people we work with from January to December.

In no special order, here are our Top 10 Moments for Kiplinger in 2014:

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