I. J-School Reporting Skills Curriculum Disruption

Working off of her research as well as with crowd-sourced material from a network of some 95 instructors of reporting skills, Robinson is working on a series of modules to revamp journalism curriculum to incorporate engagement practices, trust-building strategies, and inclusive approaches. You can find a working sets of modules here; please feel free to download and modify for your own work, citing the Journalism Educator Collaborative. A pdf of the entire curriculum can be downloaded as well.

II. Courses Taught

Sue Robinson has taught or is still teaching the following classes:

  •  Reporting Skills Classes — These skills classes teach students the basics of reporting
    A SJMC student helps train a high school student in audio editing at the FM radio station of Lussier Community Center as part of the Reporting for Social Change class.

    and producing journalism on a variety of platforms, including text. These classes include intermediate reporting and creative nonfiction. You may see my most recent skills class syllabus here.

  • Social Media & News – In this skills class, students work with media clients to develop social-media strategies using metrics and other tools. Students also build their own professional online platform and create a strategy for themselves as well.
  • Literary Journalism – This undergraduate-level course is primarily a reading-intensive class to learn the genres of literary journalism, or non-fiction narrative. Students follow the trajectory of this kind of writing through time.
  • Integrated Media Storytelling – Meant for advanced journalism students, this class guides students in producing stories on an array of digital platforms, including video, photos, podcasts, timelines, maps, and websites.
  • Reporting for Social Change: Amplifying Marginalized Voices in Local Community – This service-learning class sends advanced journalism students out into the community to work with youth at non-profit centers to train them in reporting practices. The class also helps students understand their own biases and privileges as they re-conceptualize what it means to build community as a journalist.
  •  Journalism Studies Theory Seminar – This doctoral-level seminar introduces students to the seminal theories informing the research and study of journalism.
  • Qualitative Research Methods – This doctoral-level course teaches graduate students the philosophy and application of qualitative methods. Students work from within a community throughout the semester to conduct hands-on studies of textual analysis, interviewing, ethnography, historical archive work, and grounded theory. They also train in IRB protocol.

    MA student Stephen Wang graduates in May 2017! He is continuing on with his PhD.

III. Advising & Mentoring

  •  Qualitative Research Group – Sue Robinson joins other qualitative-oriented faculty at the School to lead a research group around issues having to do with qualitative studies.
  • The Black Voice — Sue Robinson advises The Black Voice, an online content platform produced by and for Black students at the University of Wisconsin.

    The Black Voice Editor Alexandria Mason graduating in May 2017.
  • National Association of Black Journalists – Robinson serves as the formal advisor to the UW-Madison chapter of the NABJ.
  • McNair Scholars Program – Robinson works with students of the McNair Scholars Program as a research mentor.
  • The Simpson Street Free Press – Robinson volunteers regularly with SSFP, which trains youth to research, report and write stories for a series of online publications.