ICFJ's Back in the Newsroom program featured on Harvard's Nieman Lab

Aug 192014

ICFJ’s trailblazing Back in the Newsroom program, which pairs professors from traditionally black colleges with top-notch newsrooms across the country, was featured in a story on Nieman Lab.

This summer, ICFJ embedded the first cadre of five fellows at The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Los Angeles Times, CNBC and The Washington Post. After spending nine weeks freshening up their skills, Nieman Lab staff writer Joseph Lictherman delved into what the educators learned from the experience.

B. DaVida Plummer, a professor at Hampton University who participated in the program, said to the Nieman Lab: “I will return to the classroom with the understanding that, if the ultimate goal is to educate and enhance the learning experience for students who want to be employed, in order for me to see decent placement numbers, we have to start teaching a little bit of the technology along with the core principles of journalism.”

In addition to offering educators the chance to update their tech skills, this pioneering program also aims to improve diversity in media by developing pipelines of opportunity for promising college journalists.

You can read the full Nieman Lab story here.

Photo: Fellows visiting the Washington Post TV studios, courtesy of ICFJ's Alana Morro.