Tips for Teaching Investigative Journalism

Are you a high school teacher or college professor teaching journalism? Check out the following resources for tips on investigative, nonprofit journalism.

Journalist’s Resource: Knowledge-Based Reporting
Journalist’s Resource is designed to promote knowledge-based reporting. The site provides access to scholarly reports and papers on a wide range of topics. Journalist’s Resource provides the user with a brief Overview of each study, Teaching Notes and links to other relevant material.

J-Learning: Your how-to site for community journalism
At J-Learning, you can find helpful resources for creating hyper-local community media. There are lessons on planning, building, presenting and promoting a community news website.

Tools for Citizen Journalists: Deeper reporting builds community
Tools and tips you can use to leverage your resources. It is one thing to decide you want to start a community Web site. And you probably did it out of passion — you either had things you wanted to say, or you thought that a particular story or topic wasn’t getting the attention it needed, or you thought coverage by the “mainstream” media in your community just wasn’t getting the job done. Eventually, though, you might realize that revolutionizing coverage in your community might be easier if you had some help. You need to work smarter. You need to find some outside resources, even if you can’t afford to buy them in traditional ways. This six-chapter online training module will provide some tools to help you cope with the challenges you’re likely facing.

How do we teach the conversation?
A post by Jeff Jarvis on teaching students to see news as a conversation.

Syllabus Exchange
The Syllabus Exchange, in partnership with the Broadcast Education Association, gives educators a way to enhance their curriculum by sharing ideas and teaching materials. Our goal is to provide a database of course syllabi, assignments, exercises and other teaching materials that can be shared. Our focus is in the area of journalism, electronic media and communication studies. We welcome not only editorial-sequence syllabi but also those from related fields, such as advertising and public relations. We also welcome high school and other teachers.

LARGEMOUTH: A Citizen Journalism Syllabus
The following is a syllabus for the Largemouth Citizen Journalism workshop, a six-week citizen journalism training program. The course teaches the essential journalism skills needed to write stories for newspapers, newsletters, magazines, and the Internet in a way that focuses public attention on important social issues. The course is taught once each spring and fall at the Resource Center of the Americas, a human rights nonprofit in Minneapolis, MN.

Journalism Resources
This section through Journalism.org, offers a series of journalism resources for instructors that includes materials such as books, relevant links, tools and more.

Journalism Tools
[Caution: Link may be inoperative due to changing organizational status.] The Committee of Concerned Journalists provides this special section of their website for journalism instructors that include case studies, news articles and much more.

Knight Digital Media Center’s Multimedia and Technology Training
The Knight Digital Media Center’s Multimedia and Technology Training section (by the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism) offers a variety of tools, tutorials, workshops, and resources for journalism instructors teaching multimedia techniques in the classroom.

National Freedom of Information Coalition
The National Freedom of Information Coalition serves to help protect the public’s right to open government. A nonpartisan alliance of citizen-driven nonprofit freedom of information organizations, academic and First Amendment centers, journalistic societies and attorneys. The site contains helpful information on Freedom of Information (FOI) that journalism instructors may find helpful for including in their curriculum.

Reporting on Nonprofits
This NewsU course is free and a self-directed module on how to report on nonprofit organizations. Journalism instructors may find this helpful in helping their students learn how to cover these kind of businesses for a news organization.