Anxious media advisers

FRIDAY,  AUG. 21, 2020    (Vol. 2  No. 6)
(Student Press Law Center)
Some student media advisers are scared going into the fall semester—both for their students’ safety,
Sarah Verpooten watched as a parent at an Aug. 3 school board meeting advocated for returning to in-person classes. He was speaking into the microphone when he pulled down his mask to wipe his nose, pulled his mask back up, and continued speaking.
That meeting resulted in a “very surprising vote” to return to in-person classes for the fall semester at Lake Central High School in St. John, Indiana, where Verpooten teaches journalism classes. After watching an adult improperly wear a mask, Verpooten wondered how she would be able to enforce that her students wear masks in class.
Student media advisers around the country are struggling to prepare for the fall semester as they cope with last minute changes to their schools’ plans, insufficient safety measures, and a huge amount of uncertainty.
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Missing “student-athlete” link
Sorry for forgetting the link to the Washington Post
article on student athletes yesterday. Here it is:

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(Chronicle of Higher Education via Meg O’Neil)
On the first day of a new semester, students are forming a lasting impression not just of you as a teacher but of your course, too. Their early, thin-slice judgments are powerful enough to condition their attitudes toward the entire course, the effort they are willing to put into it, and the relationship they will have with you and their peers throughout the semester.
So that first class meeting is a big deal — and maybe even more so now as we continue to deal with a global pandemic. In a virtual classroom, you face particular challenges in fostering relationships among students in the course, and between you and your students.
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(Online Journalism Blog)
Back in 2011 in the first edition of the Online Journalism Handbook, I created a simple diagram: the journalist, reader, and another reader connected by a triangle of double-headed arrows.
The point was this: interactivity is not just about users being able to interact with the content, or journalists — it’s also about users being able to interact with each other.
When we take our teaching online the same point is worth making: interaction between students is just as important as their interaction with us as teachers.
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(Poynter News University)
Whether you’ll be teaching in-person, building your distance learning toolkit or a little of both — Poynter has the expertise and resources to make the 2020/21 school year a little easier.
Poynter has long offered e-learning in packages designed for classroom engagement. You’ll find a relevant selection of online courses like Ethics in Journalism, The Art of the Interview and Cleaning Your Copy. Most courses are about an hour long, and can be bundled  in custom orders specific to your classes at $10 per course per student.
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(UC Berkeley)
Late last night, I found myself atop Mount Sinai, startled awake by the booming voice of Zoom CEO Eric Yuan coming through the clouds. He bestowed unto me 10 divinely inspired commandments for surviving the crucible of online class. I’ve decided to share this groundbreaking doctrine with you.
STUDENT POSTS (see more here)
Community College
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(UC Berkeley)
(CSU Sacramento)
(CSU Fresno)
NEW ON ISSUE (Community College)
Look for more links to student stories at the Online Elsewhere Facebook page. Trying something new with your program? Something interesting happen? Let me know at (cameron without the “e”). 
Copyright 2020 by Rich Cameron

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