Hack your reading list for innovative ideas on journalism education

By on January 7, 2014

We want to inspire and encourage you to submit projects for consideration for the $1 million Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education, which will provide micro-grants up to $35,000 to teams of educators, students, professionals, technicians and researchers.

To get a snapshot of where to look for news and projects pushing the boundaries of journalism education, we asked the ONA Educators Facebook group, the collective consciousness of more than 500 educators around the world, which resources they follow.


Donica Mensing, journalism professor at the University of Nevada, Reno, recomends Nieman Journalism Lab, Poynter, MediaShift, Journalism.co.uk, Carnival of Journalism, and the International Journal of Communication.

Mensing also advocates joining the ONA Educators group and following professors on Twitter. These lists by JournoToolBox, Andrew Lih and Kathy Gill are a great place to start.

Looking for ideas on coding, design, mobile or infographics? Steven King, professor of multimedia journalism at UNC Chapel Hill, also suggests following Smashing Magazine and Information is Beautiful.

Mike Reilley, online journalism instructor at DePaul University, maintains the excellent Journalist’s Toolbox and also points to 10,000 Words, Journalists’ Resource and Source, which focuses on coding and journalism.

The Tech Sites

Andrew Lih, journalism professor at American University, suggests following tech sites in addition to outlets that cover journalism and digital media. His top choices include Mashable, TechCrunch, The Verge, GigaOM, Techmeme, Techdirt and Slashdot.

Recommended Podcasts

If audio is your medium of choice, these podcasts recommended by Lih run the gamut from interviews to news bites. Check out It’s All Journalism, On the Media, This Week in Tech and Journalism.co.uk.

We’ve been collecting even more resources on journalism education and the conversations around innovation in j-education. If you have suggestions for more, email challengefund@journalists.org or join the conversation with #hackcurriculum. And don’t forget: Once you’re inspired, apply to the Challenge Fund!


Jennifer Mizgata

Jennifer Mizgata is Director of Programs at the Online News Association, where she leads the Women's Leadership Accelerator. At ONA, Jennifer focuses on identifying talented digital journalists and innovative journalism projects and providing them with support. Jennifer is a business and design strategist with over a decade of experience creating industry-changing training programs, investing in award-winning projects, and managing key relationships with journalism partners and tech stakeholders. She regularly coaches managers, senior leaders and entrepreneurs on challenges related to their careers and launching new ventures. Jennifer shares advice for navigating tough work challenges in Work Space, a monthly column for Fortune.