Session picks for journalism educators

We hear from educators that they come to ONA to learn about upcoming trends, get skills training on new tools and tech and find inspiration on tackling important issues shaping our field in the classroom. Since these goals cross several of our conference tracks and are also of interest to non-educator attendees, we’ve worked with our educator community and program team to curate a pathway or mini-track of suggested sessions for educators that will best help them meet these goals.

All sessions highlighted are open to all attendees with full conference badges, regardless of whether or not they are educators — though some sessions, noted on the schedule, require an RSVP.

Here are a few examples of sessions you’ll find highlighted:

How to Innovate As a Journalism Educator

Learn fresh ways to collaborate, experiment and create content from educators who have gotten buy-in from universities and local communities on ambitious reporting projects. This session inspire new ideas about collaborating with local media organizations and features winners of ONA’s Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education.

Texting To Your Audience,Deconstructing VR/AR: Story Design for Effective User Immersion,Helping Corrections Catch Up To Mistakes In a Social Media World

These training sessions are among those designed as entry points to anyone who wants an introduction to emerging tools and trends. We highlighted them for educators to give you a broad selection of tools for engaging audiences and reporting to bring back to the classroom.

Election 2020: Using Data to Report on Votes and Voters and Ideas and Tools to Decode the 2020 Census

If you want inspiration on how to incorporate some of 2020’s big news events into your classroom activities, check out sessions on the elections, climate change and the U.S. census. These sessions will dive deep into reporting techniques and tools to help your students

Preparing for the Future of Deepfakes, Do Kickass Journalism By Focusing on Solutions, Not Just Problems and Gender Equity in Sourcing

From solutions journalism to dealing with deepfakes and online harassment to gender equitable sourcing practices, several sessions on our list will help you guide nuanced classroom discussions to prepare your students for newsroom careers.

[RSVP] Speed Innovation for Educators

In this energetic facilitated session, educators will work together to identify top challenges facing journalism education, then collaboratively tailor solutions for each challenge and craft strategies to bring those solutions back to your school. RSVP required; see session page for more detail.

Taking It Home: Educators

Sit down with your fellow educators Saturday afternoon to wrap up the conference with a facilitated discussion on what you’re taking back to your journalism department and classroom. You’ll have the chance to hear like-minded attendees’ big takeaways and build an action plan for when you’re back at your desk.

Check out the full list for more — and don’t forget to use the ONA19 mobile app to build your schedule.