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Hello Jumplines, 

Eid Mubarak! Across much of the world, Muslims are celebrating Eid al-Fitr, the three-day celebration following the month of Ramadan. 

Because it was a holiday Monday for so many of us yesterday, we pushed Jumplines to Tuesday this week. 

If there’s one thing journalism educators must not miss this week, it’s Frederic Filloux’s note laying out a series of ideas to overhaul journalism education in the wake of the pandemic. We’re on the same page at Jumplines and are working on ways our community can come together in the near future to reimagine the way forward for journalism education. 

This is an important moment. Watch this space! 

Welcome to our new subscribers from the Arab States Broadcasting Union, WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio, the University of Central Lancashire, Western Kentucky University and the University of Latvia. Thanks for subscribing!

Andrew and Amy


🚧 Transformation Time

Frederic Filloux has launched a conversation urging journalism educators to use the crisis sparked by the pandemic as an opportunity to overhaul everything about the way we deliver journalism education. Some ideas: 

  • A la carte continuous learning, with basic majors for ~20 percent of the courses, and ~80 percent specialized skills
  • Multi-year access to a vast catalog of skill sets students will tap into, based on the needs of the moment
  • Deferred-tuition where students pay a little upfront (say 10-20%), while the balance is reimbursed based on their actual salary
It’s time for bold moves.

💡 Using Zoom for Community Engagement

The pandemic has created the opportunity for news organizations and J Schools to step in and provide opportunities for community engagement, especially as more traditional forums like libraries and schools remain shut. This Journalist’s Guide to Using Zoom for Community Engagement is an important place to start. 

🛑 Troll Busting

Twitter is testing a new feature that allows users to limit who can reply to their tweets. Users can pick from one of three options: everyone, people you follow and only people you mention. Is this a game changer that will limit online abuse or just another mechanism to encourage private censorship and limit unpopular speech?

📓 Virtual Event Playbook

How do you rapidly shift gears to reconfigure a live event as a virtual one? That’s a challenge many organizations are facing, including the Online News Association and AEJMC, which are holding virtual conferences this year. The Center for Cooperative Media pulled off a virtual event earlier this month. Here’s how they did it

📣 Launching: BridgeDetroit

Backed by $5 million in donations and foundation funding, BridgeDetroit, a nonprofit news organization, has launched in Michigan. Led by Stephen Henderson, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, the organization aims to use direct engagement with Detroiters to set its news agenda.

😷 COVID Burnout Is Real

“Stuck in a grief cycle that never ends,” is how Rebecca Pope-Ruark, who is writing a book about professor burnout, describes working and teaching through the pandemic. She is sharing her own experiences to help faculty cope with burnout and to understand why so many of us are struggling to accomplish when we used to have no problem.

📈 Tracking COVID-19 in Prisons 

The Marshall Project is tracking the pandemic in U.S. prisons by monitoring COVID-19 cases and deaths among inmates and staff. This important data journalism project is being done in collaboration with the Associated Press.

🍎 Teaching Resources: Teaching Distributed Journalism

In a remote reporting environment, social monitoring -- where reporters use social platforms to find stories, connect with sources and verify content -- is more important than ever. Here are some resources that will help instructors reconfigure the way they teach journalism, especially in shoe-leather reporting courses: 
  • Andrew worked on FATHM’s Social Monitoring Toolkit, which is a good starting point if you’ve never had to set up a search string or think about teaching students how to verify social media content.
  • When it’s difficult to reach out to sources directly, optimizing the use of search tools can help identify trends or fill out the details of a story idea. 
  • The University of Oregon’s Damian Radcliffe has compiled a list of useful interactive and video resources that focus on doing journalism, which instructors can incorporate directly into the online classroom.  
Please reach out to us if you’re interested in more advice about how to reconfigure shoe-leather reporting courses with social monitoring.

🏆 Stand-Out Student Work

Photojournalism seniors at Western Kentucky University sprang to action amid the COVID epidemic. They worked 100 percent remotely to create a multimedia reporting project that captures the emotional journey Americans have collectively experienced during the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic. Led by Nic Huey, the students embarked on the project  to highlight how the universally shared experience of grief deeply connects those who would otherwise be strangers.

Did your students impress you with their work recently? Let us know so we can share these inspiring projects with our community. 

💼 Job Openings

Ulster University in Northern Ireland is searching for a Lecturer in Journalism. 

The Reuters Institute at Oxford University is seeking a Senior Research Fellow and three Postdoctoral Research fellows to work on the Trust in News Project. 

The University of East Anglia in the UK is searching for a Lecturer in Broadcast and Digital Journalism.
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