The College of Arts, Media and Design and Assistant Professor of Journalism Jeff Howe have been garnering considerable press and attention since the announcement of $250,000 from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to support a new Media Innovation concentration in the graduate program in the School of Journalism.
Read the full press release on the Knight Foundation website and check out a round-up of news stories and commentary about our innovative new program.
Knight Foundation blog
Jeff Howe talks about media innovation:
Like a stock market crash, disruption creates its own brand of delusion. I remember spending an afternoon sipping iced tea in the Beverly Hills backyard of a seasoned music executive. It was 2003. Revenues from CDs had cratered, and the labels couldn’t figure out a way to compete with free. Panic was in the air, but not here. “The music business is booming,” he said. “It’s the recording industry that’s [in trouble].” Propelled by new distribution channels and cheap-but-powerful audio editing software, more musicians were reaching more audiences than any previous time in history. The delusion, of course, was conflating business with creation.
So it is with storytelling. Making money off journalism has become more difficult, but finding passionate audiences for true stories well told has never been easier, or more exciting. Journalists have access to more information, more tools, more mediums and more venues than our predecessors could have ever imagined.
The Boston Globe
The Boston Globe covers the new Media Innovation track:
Northeastern University’s School of Journalism has received a $250,000 grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to help launch a graduate program focused on media innovation.
Beginning in the fall, the school plans to enroll experienced media professionals who will devote much of their studies to nonjournalism subjects, such as computer science and game design. The unorthodox curriculum is a response to technological advances that have made skills like managing large data sets and creating interactive infographics as important to contemporary news reporting as writing and interviewing.
BetaBoston asks, “Who invited them? Innovation party crashers keep coming as Northeastern launches new journalism program.”
First the musicians, now the reporters. Sorry, tech types. There’s another crasher at your innovation party.
Northeastern University’s School of Journalism has received a $250,000 grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to help launch a new graduate program focused on media innovation.
Beginning in the fall, the school plans to enroll experienced media professionals who will devote much of their studies to non-journalism subjects, such as computer science and game design. The unorthodox curriculum is a response to technological advances that have made skills like managing large data sets and creating interactive infographics as important to contemporary news reporting as writing and interviewing.
The Boston Globe
Boston Globe coverage of the new Media Innovation track continues with a discussion of innovative programs in Boston-area colleges:
First came the musicians; now, here come the writers, dancers, and actors. Sorry, tech types: The arts and humanities keep crashing your innovation party.
In just the last two months, Berklee College of Music, Northeastern University, and Emerson College all have unveiled initiatives that sound as if they belong in the computer science labs of Harvard University or the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
BostInno writes that “The Best Journalism Department in the Country Could Soon Be in Our Own Backyard.”
“It’s a kickass time to be a journalist right now.”
And Jeff Howe, an assistant professor of journalism at Northeastern, wants to prove it, with the help of a $250,000 grant from the Knight Foundation and a new media innovation graduate program at the University.
Jeff Howe discusses interdisciplinary opportunities in the new Media Innovation track.
The journalism field is changing. The tools and skills reporters need to tell a good story are no longer limited to a notebook, pen, and the ability to ask the right questions. Today skills such as coding and videography are essential to sharing news with the public—and keeping readers engaged.
To help working journalists learn those 21st-century skills, Jeff Howe, an assistant professor of journalism in the College of Arts, Media, and Design at Northeastern University, has developed a media innovation track in the graduate journalism program.
Highlights via Twitter
Northeastern University is launching a media innovation graduate program with funding from Knight Foundation http://t.co/6AzhMCNxRh
— Nieman Lab (@NiemanLab) March 18, 2014
— Back in NELA (@RoyceWall58) March 18, 2014
— Dan Gillmor (@dangillmor) March 18, 2014
Listen up journo alumns! Northeastern launches grad program focused on media innovation. http://t.co/59vLoRlbW4
— Julia E Kacmarek (@JuliaEKacmarek) March 18, 2014
— Diane MacGillivray (@Macgil) March 18, 2014
“We need journalists… to think like a coder…but more important is that we transplant those ideas and attitudes.” http://t.co/NUsEjPh9TR
— News Literacy (@NewsLiteracy) March 19, 2014
— Leslie Casey (@LeslieICasey) March 19, 2014
— Lauren Landry (@laurlandry) March 19, 2014
— Dan Kennedy (@dankennedy_nu) March 18, 2014
— Joel Abrams (@BostonAbrams) March 18, 2014
— Jenn Sinrich (@jennsinrich) March 19, 2014
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