Vivian B. Martin Like many tasks these days, the writing of this Editor’s Note got sidetracked due to some of the time I spent poking around the Internet, especially following projects like the continually surprising data visualizations on the London riots at the Guardian’s data hub or taking Google Fusion Tables tutorials. I spend way too [...]
Vivian B. Martin
Teaching Journalism and Mass Communication (TJMC) was started as a venue for writing and research about teaching journalism and mass communication in traditional and nontraditional ways. With this, our second issue, the journal is moving closer to what we had envisioned, one with essays integrating video and other multimedia to help demonstrate teaching and pedagogical ideas, as well as peer-reviewed research on topics related to the classroom, such as research on motivating students to read long-form works, twitter pedagogy, and an applied theoretical discussion on dialogic in public relations. The mix of offerings, though an exciting realization of some vague ideas we editors had more than a year ago, only inspires us to push forward with more possibilities for thinking about, and writing and researching scholarship on teaching and learning.
Vivian B. Martin
Welcome to the first issue of Teaching Journalism and Mass Communication: A Journal Published by the Small Programs Interest Group of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. Although the editorial team has crossed off a number of tasks on the to-do list on our way to this first issue, from recruiting writers to wrestling with the technical details of electronic publication, writing this inaugural letter seems to me to be one of the most difficult tasks to date. I have procrastinated mightily and can’t really blame my teaching load or even the recent October snowstorm that knocked out power for nearly a week. I think my footdragging has something to do with the challenge of stepping up and succinctly describing the vision the editorial team, SPIG officers, and I have for the publication, while also acknowledging and hoping this creation grows beyond our initial goals for it. Moreover, part of the challenge is to explain what we tried to do with this first issue, at the same time hoping that the work speaks for itself [...]