If you’re reading this, it’s almost surely because you’ve been accepted to our new graduate program in media innovation. First off, congratulations. I think it’s going to be a very exciting ride. I also believe it will be a rewarding journey as well. You have all demonstrated considerable storytelling skills. This program is intended to help you discover new ways of telling those stories. Secondly, I’d like to thank you. We are here to serve you, it’s true. But what will make this experience unique is that you are here to serve us, and each other, as well. Due to the generosity of the Knight Foundation and Northeastern University, we have all been granted an exceptional opportunity: Reinvent what it means to educate a journalist. It’s a tall order, and I think we would all agree, a profoundly important one. And it’s a task we’ll accomplish together. Before it’s anything else, Media Innovation is a collaborative venture.
Classes will not begin for another two months, but Dina and I wanted to create a virtual space for us to gather well in advance of that date. This will give us all an opportunity to get to know each other, and share any information the group might find valuable. I’m giving everyone access to the blog*, so you can post whatever you deem of interest to the rest of us. I encourage you to post liberally; this is intended to be a casual gathering—more of a party than a symposium. Dina and I already have a few posts in the hopper, but in the meantime I’d like to suggest a theme for all of you: What would you like most to get out of the program? It’s a broad question, and meant to be. Interpret it however you see fit.
*You’ll want to create a WordPress account—that’s free—if you don’t already have one. Then make sure to “follow” this blog and make sure your preferences are set to receive emails whenever a new post appears. I’ll take care of the rest.
Onwards and Upwards,