I love to work with student media

I’ve spent my career in education working with students to discover and publish the most interesting stories around.

In 2011, I began working as the writing coach for the New Mexico Daily Lobo, an independent student newspaper at the University of New Mexico. The job is close to my heart, as the Lobo is where I began my reporting career almost 20 years ago. As the coach, I provided feedback on published stories while teaching students about reporting trends, walking them through current journalism technology and guiding them through ethical questions.

As part of my work at the Lobo, I coordinated an annual journalism bootcamp for students. The event typically has 10 to 15 panels during two days. In 2014, we hosted our first online panel using Google Hangouts. This one was about finding the best tools on the Internet for reporting.

In the classroom

I have taught a variety of classes including Intermediate Multimedia Reporting, Newspaper Practice, Ethics in a Digital Age and Writing and Editing for Multimedia. In 2015, I wrote and equipment grant and a syllabus for a Mobile Reporting class where students learn how to ethically use the equipment in their pockets and backpacks to report on the world around them. I have taught both online and in person.

In 2014, I finished my master’s degree in digital journalism and design from the University of South Florida with the goal of teaching full time.

With my background as a long-time print reporter, I’m a fan of incorporating technology in (and out of) the classroom as much as possible. I enjoy participating in Twitter chats about teaching journalism like this one and this one.

My students also learn about social media, including how to curate stories. This and this are two examples of how students used Twitter during a whole semester and then collected their tweets into a web story. Both curations focus on the things students said were interesting and innovative about a class they had with me.

Another project I worked on with students involved a collaborative lab and news site at the University of New Mexico called the New Mexico News Port. The project first was funded by the Online News Association and then by a grant from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.

As part of my work with the News Port, I put together a Twitter chat with congressional candidates as a class assignment. Here we are waiting on the candidates to reply to one of our student-generated questions during the debate.

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Kate with students during the Twitter Town Hall. Photo by Aaron Anglin

Grant for Mobile Reporting class

In the spring of 2015, I taught the university’s first mobile reporting class, an elective that is cross listed with the Communication and Journalism Department and the Interdisciplinary Film and Digital Media program. To put iPad minis into students’ hands, I wrote a grant to purchase equipment. Below is a look at an image I made to explain to students what the various items in their reporting kits do. See some of our class work here.

In spring 2016, I made this video about the mobile reporting class as a way to showcase student work.