A few co-conspirators and I want to hold a BarCamp on Sunday, October 25th, the day after the SPJ regional conference at the University of Oregon. For those who have never attended one, a BarCamp is an “ad-hoc gathering born from the desire for people to share and learn in an open environment.” In short, if you think you have something to teach you can throw it in to the mix. If you’re there to learn, then you have a whole number of knowledgeable people as teachers for a variety of topics.
The topic for this BarCamp? Redefining J school. The news industry is going through epic change that most J schools are ill-equipped for. It’s time for a new style of learning. We brainstormed several possible sessions:
- What courses should you take to supplement your journalism career? What are good minors to a journalism degree?
- What do students want from professors? How can students take initiative and enhance classes?
- Crowdsourcing, and leveraging the knowledge of the community to put together a story
- Where’s the line between PR and journalism?
- Digital basics (blogging, Twitter, Google Alerts, etc.) and how those tools can be used
- How to get paid internships (i.e. kickstarting your career while still in college)
- Where’s the line between work and life when building your personal brand online?
Granted, I’ve done a lot of punditry in the last year talking about how J school is obsolete and needs to be completely reinvented. It’s time to translate grand ideas into action.
We’re planning to meet at 6:00 pm PT in the EMU Fishbowl, next Tuesday the 6th. Join our Google Group to stay in touch, or leave a note in the comments.