This website contains a number of teaching resources that I have developed teaching journalism students at the University of Technology Sydney and the University of Wollongong.
These projects document both curriculum content and the development of a resource-based approach to teaching.
The News and Current Affairs site was designed for intensive summer semester delivery of a course in media studies for journalism students. It provides a number of resources to students:
It is thus a key resource for both communication of structural/administrative information about the course as well as an interactive resource list of course content.
It is also an evolving site that students contribute to over the course of the summer program. A number of class workshops revolve around the documentation of a media case study of the US CIA leak investigation and the role of NYT journalist Judith Miller. The site initally provides resources in ten designated areas of this case study. The students then work in groups to document particular aspects of the case. The information that they gather is then added to the site. The Biography and the Woodward sections show examples of completed student work on this project.
The site also includes a blog which provides a point of contact with students between classes and also models the blogging assignment that they have to complete.
There are a number of reasons for this combined approach:
In each case a combination of web-based and print-based resources are given to students to ensure the widest possible access to essential course materials.
I'm an academic and journalist, currently a lecturer in journalism in the School of Creative Writing and Journalism at the University of Wollongong
I was editor of Sydney Star Observer, Australia's oldest and largest circulation gay and lesbian weekly newspaper from 1999 until early 2006. Prior to that I worked primarily in magazines doing a range of arts journalism.
I've written widely about art and architecture, gay/lesbian issues, religion, music, film and journalism.
My main research interests are:
For more on my teaching and research visit marcusodonnell.com