I have this conversation with painful regularity with journalists, some old friends, some new ones, in varying states of transmogrification from old school to new. How do I take what I DO know, value  what I know,  but build on it with all of the bells and whistles I NEED to know to keep/get employment.

I’m still shedding my own skin with this work even though I’m teaching it as I learn it. One of the key people in this field who has the magical ability to learn it, do it, teach it and write about it beautifully and accessibly is Mindy McAdams.  I’m a fanatic about her work and the way she presents it. She’s generous beyond belief as she pushes ahead, shouting back to us all about what works and what doesn’t.

No matter what your interest or position, goal or ambition, her work has something crucial for you to learn.

(For the record, I don’t know her. I’ve never met her. I’m just one of many crazed fans.)

Check it out:

Everything Mindy McAdams writes is essential to read if you’re interested in New Media in any format.


Here’s Mindy’s Reporters Guide to Multimedia:


  1. Mindy McAdams, the guru of online journalism education, created a terrific blogging assignment for students. I saw her blog post about it just as I was trying to come up with one for my own class. Here’s her idea:
  2. http://mindymcadams.com/tojou/2008/journalism-students-blogging-assignment
  3. She asked for suggestions about how to get students to read the blogs of their classmates. I also was trying to find a way to incorporate that into my blogging assignment as well, so I wrote this comment:
  4. Great assignment.
    I’m still struggling with an assignment addressing the same issue — getting students to read and respond to the work of their peers. I’m also still learning the technologies I’m trying to teach as well. (Thank you, Mindy, for your absolutely essential guidance!!)
    I’m still thinking it through but I’d like to find a way to create a graded assignment using peer editing.
    This is still in process but my idea is to have each student choose a classmate’s blog and write a thorough review using the rubric I provide as well as their own added criteria.
    For XX number of points they’ll write a response to the blog’s author productively assessing the blog’s content, writing, presentation, creativity, gadgetry, readability…am still coming up with this part.
    I need to build in a way to keep them from commenting mainly on the bells and whistles and not directly engaging with the content.
    Another concern is that this only requires them to read/respond to one other person’s thoughts.
    What if everybody chooses only a couple of blogs? Do I care?
    And, are their comments public? On their blogs? On Blackboard? E-mailed only to their classmate and me?
    Thanks for helping me think this through, and for the excellent model assignment you provided.

  5. August 18, 2008 at 6:11 pm

More talk about New Media in newsrooms


Chet Rhodes talks about Washington Post video

Tuesday, June 10, 2008 (10:12 am)
The reporters in the print newsroom are integrating video shooting into their normal, everyday storytelling, Chet says.