“A Qualitative Look at Journalism Programs in Flux: The Role of Faculty in the Movement Toward a Digital Curriculum.”
Teaching Journalism & Mass Communication.
Abstract: As journalism continues to grapple with the transition to digital media, journalism educators are constantly considering how to better equip students for this changing field. Particularly in smaller programs where resources, funding, and faculty are limited, updating curriculum can be a challenge. A qualitative, multiple case study centered on curricular decision-making found that faculty members themselves are one of the chief factors in any potential revision of a journalism program. Three U.S. journalism/communications programs in the midst of revising curriculum were studied, and the predominant obstacle to digital curriculum decisions at these institutions was individual members’ inability or unwillingness to learn new concepts and technologies. From these findings, journalism and communications programs can compare their contexts to these institutions, noting if a change in faculty hiring, training, or incentives could be beneficial in order to respond to the digital age.
This paper won First Place in the Faculty Paper Awards also known as the Robert L. Stevenson Open Paper Competition. It also won Best Paper in African Journalism Studies Award. Abstract: Drawing on an African feminist autoethnography framework grounded in a decolonial philosophy of Bilchiinsi, I present critical reflections on my experiences as an African scholar conducting […]
Making instant adjustments to online journalism education: Responding to continuous needs assessments in asynchronous courses
Bright, A.C. (2020). Making instant adjustments to online journalism education: Responding to continuous needs assessments in asynchronous courses. Online Learning, 24(2), 245-253. https://doi.org/10.24059/olj.v24i2.2034 Abstract: The creation of an effective learning environment is always a challenge, but when the environment is online and the learners are a diverse group of adults in a specialized content area, […]