Talking about partnerships at AEJMC

There was a real refreshing discussion Tuesday night here in Denver at the Preconvention Workshop:  Journalism Schools as News Providers: Challenges and Opportunities.

There was a mix of hope and reality as educators and administrators spoke about the many possibilities journalism schools have in partnering with news organizations.  I was also happy to hear that there are many partnerships out there at J schools.  I’ll be contacting many of them as the partnership between our program and MassLive continues to grow.

The entire discussion felt progressive and a panel filled with lawyers made many in the audience consider how important it is to let students know that they can and will be held accountable for their newsgathering practices, not just what they produce.  What I came away with was a need to protect students, faculty and the program.  I’ll be consulting with attorneys in the weeks to come and hope to draw as much information as possible during my time here.


About journalismprof

Steve joined the journalism faculty at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in August 2007 and has been working to incorporate multimedia across the curriculum. Since arriving at UMass, Steve has developed three courses modeled after his multimedia journalism course. The courses allow students to work in teams in a newsroom-like environment where they work on packages -- using video, audio and photos to tell stories. He is also working with students on developing, a news Web site staffed completely by students. Steve has more than 25 years of experience as an editor and reporter for print and online publications, including 10 as an editor at He also edits part-time for with the NFL and college football network.
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One Response to Talking about partnerships at AEJMC

  1. wendell cochran says:

    Don’t get hung up on legal stuff.

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