Posts Tagged ‘Ford Foundation’

My Ford Foundation Grant: Lessons Learned – 7

Saturday, February 7th, 2009

Lesson 7.

More should be done to encourage student contact with professional journalists. My Ford Foundation project, for example, allowed students to work alongside professional journalists in the field. Arrangements like this can more productive than merely inviting professional journalists to be guest speakers in class (though I don’t disapprove of guest speakers but in my experience too many pros show up and blow big-time smoke, and are rarely candid about the dynamics of their newsrooms nor candid about the ethical quagmires they must negotiate in order to do their jobs and look themselves in the mirror).

More examples: Students working alongside professional journalists at the New Hampshire Primaries and at the Democratic National Convention in Denver and at the Presidential Inauguration though the latter was more about pageantry. 

Imaginative projects can prepare students for the best internships and apprenticeships. 



My Ford Foundation Grant: Lessons Learned – 6

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

Lesson 6. It is not a a waste of energy to try developing an informal, collaborative relationship with student news media at Hunter so as to try to encourage them to consider publishing articles and disseminating information about ethnic-immigrant issues. This is especially true considering the richness of Hunter’s culturally and ethnically diverse student body. But … (more…)

My Ford Foundation Grant: Lessons Learned – 4 & 5

Monday, January 12th, 2009

Lesson 4. Instructors need to beware of the mesmerizing power of platforms like YouTube. It is becoming so easy for students to produce material for the internet that they can lose sight, for example, about the importance of writing skills to tell their stories. That naivete can lead to students eschewing reputable journalistic practices as well as the traditions of reputable ethical practices and news media responsibility.

Lesson 5. This instructor must consider revising his journalism syllabi often for the foreseeable future. 

My Ford Foundation Grant: Lessons Learned – 3

Saturday, January 10th, 2009

Lesson 3. YouTube and other platforms like it are excellent tools for teaching students about multimedia news dissemination.


My Ford Foundation Grant: Lessons Learned – 2

Friday, January 9th, 2009

Lesson 2. Journalism in order to develop at Hunter needs to eschew filmmaking techniques and aesthetics and develop its own methodology.


My $30,000 Ford Foundation Grant: Lessons Learned – 1

Thursday, January 8th, 2009

Lesson 1. Paltry technical support that was not anticipated required this writer to draw upon technology workshops on and off campus as well as from online and off-line tutorials plus support from the CUNY graduate journalism program to acquire sufficient technical expertise to supervise students for audio, video and visual news dissemination. Thus this lesson: Instructors interested in teaching multimedia news dissemination have to have sufficient technical expertise in new media and broadcast-type software and hardware because many college undergraduate programs are still rooted in old traditions and that goes for their technical staffs. 

My $30,000 Ford Foundation Grant: Grant Proposal Excerpts

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

I was awarded a $30,000 Ford Foundation grant to develop a multimedia ethnic reporting class. I emailed a final report to Ford December 31. I am publishing some excerpts from the report. Here’s the first: