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A Pedagogical Approach to Developing Journalistic Best Practices Through Wikis


School of Communications


College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Date Range



Two journalism courses at a large Midwestern university utilized wikis (websites that interlink content contributions) to engage students in a virtual discussion of how to best report on diverse groups of people. The contents of the wikis were compiled into best practices documents that are available online for use both in classrooms and newsrooms. This paper presents a use of media technology that fosters student interaction and growth and provides educators with an outline for how to create similar devices to improve the news coverage produced by their students, who represent the future of journalism. It simultaneously argues for a closer examination of the coverage of specific populations and the development of best practices documents to facilitate better coverage of such populations.

Conference Name

Festival of Media Arts

Conference Location

Las Vegas, Nevada

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