October Mission: Bringing Back the Carnival of Journalism

18 Oct

I would apologize, but that would break the first rule of the Carnival of Journalism: No apologies.

In April 2012 I joined a new startup (cheap plug – check out Circa) and the Carnival fell to the wayside. My bad. But folks still want to blog. And without a sense of community, it becomes REALLY hard. At least, that’s how I feel. And perhaps others do too, because many people have poked me to get up and get the Carnival going again. In the end, this is a community platform. And if folks see value in it, I’m happy to M.C. and in the end, that’s all I’m doing. The value of JCARN comes from the network. So… kudos to all of you.

Wait… what is this again?

Check the About Page. The TL;DR version: Every month we pick a different topic to all write about and share our thoughts. Ask to join the Google Group and everything will make sense after at least 1-month.

How can I submit an idea? 

Excellent question. Let’s try something new. Submit your idea in the form here. This form will always be available in the tab above “Submit an idea/host a JCARN.”

What is this month’s Topic!?!?!?!

October 2013: Our host is Patrick Thornton, the journalism iconoclast. If he were British, I’m pretty confident he’d be Knighted by now.

The due date: November  8th, Friday.


Student news organizations have traditionally existed to give students experience before entering the workforce. The kinds of journalism jobs and journalism companies have changed considerably in the past 10 years, and most student news organizations are set up to mimic traditional print or broadcast news outlets. How would you set up a student news organization in 2013 or how could an existing college news organization modernize itself?
Issues to consider:
  • Ideally experience at a college media organization would help a student learn relevant skills for the workforce and help students land a job.
  • If you work at a news organization, what kinds of skills do you and your organization look for in new hires?
  • What kind of “clips” should college students have by graduation?
  • You can approach this as your advice to college media organizations or as if you were a theoretical adviser or manager of a student news organization. Or as a theoretical employer imagining the ideal experience a just-graduated student should have gotten.

Since this is our first JCARN back. I’m offering a direct “plan b” blog post related to the general topic. If you find yourself struggling – the prompt is: “Should we teach J School students how to aggregate?”

April Carnival of Journalism – Show Your Video!

20 Apr

Hello Carnival Goers

Yes – we have a late start to April’s Carnival of Journalism. But there are no apologies in the Carnival!

This month we have one of the most kick-butt question/hosts possible. Andrew Lih and his students at USC have created this prompt.

Here’s what to do.

1. Answer the question: “What is your most dangerous idea for pushing the boundaries of journalism?”

2. Record your response via video.

3. Send videos or links to your posting tocarnival@digitalnewsroom.org by April 30th as well as the Google Group.

That’s right: A VIDEO response!

These are quick and easy to do. If you have questions about how – check out the FAQ page that Andrew and his class created which includes two examples.

Really looking forward to seeing all your pearly whites!


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