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. A pdf of the entire curriculum can be downloaded as well.
- Basic Engagement Strategies
- Power & Privilege
- Content Collaboration
- Community Conversation Facilitation
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
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.
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.
- 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.