Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Innovation Journalism Course at the University of Jyväskylä

The University of Jyväskylä in Finland is running a course in Innovation Journalism this autumn. The course is headed by Turo Uskali, fmr visiting researcher at the Injo center here at Stanford:

Innovation Journalism and Innovations in Journalism

University of Jyväskylä, Finland

10.9.-1.12.2009, ToB 216

Turo Uskali, Ph D

The course is all about innovations and innovations in journalism. In these challenging financial and environmental times, new ideas, concepts, tools, methods, and innovations are needed in societies in many different levels; also in news business and journalism.

Innovation journalism was coined by Dr. David Nordfors in 2003, and can be seen as one example of the evolution and possibilities of quality journalism. In terms of traditional newsbeats, innovation journalism is multidisciplinary. It is a 'horizontal' beat, spanning across the old beats, consisting economic, and financial news, science, politics, and culture. Furthermore, it is focusing on long-lasting innovation processes and complicated innovation ecosystems.

In this course the basics of innovation journalism is taught, as well as the latest innovations in journalism. The course consists of lectures to local sources of innovation news, as well as working in online-environments, and participating a Guru-seminar on innovation journalism.

The main task (final exam) for a student is to produce a journalistic product, which can be defined as an example of good innovation journalism. An injo product can be a traditional newspaper, magazine, or news wire article, but also a video, web site, or a social media service (Twitter feeds etc.) contribution can be accepted.

The course has links to national, and international innovation journalism education, and research programs, such as Global Innovation Journalism -research project, and the Vinnova-Stanford Research Center for Innovation Journalism at Stanford University, California.

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