Hi, fellow media instructors and those of you who are just interested in the subject! I am Sue Novak, an assistant professor of journalism and PR at the State University of New York at Potsdam (North Country — about a half hour from Canada). I arrived at Potsdam in August 2012 after earning my Ph.D. in Communication Studies at the University of Kansas. Media and journalism are my mains interests, and I’ve been learning about and experimenting with ways to help undergrads learn about communication and mass media. History, current events, predictions for the future — it’s all fair game, as are ethics, law, discussions about objectivity and subjectivity, advocacy and bias, and of course theory and research methods for both communication studies and mass comm.
I’ve seen so many interesting (and strange!) stories and happenings on social media sites, ads on TV, PR successes and failures, troubling stories in the news — all of these can help us help our students understand the way media affects us. I’d like to use this blog to take some current stories or events in the news and talk about them in terms of teaching, offering suggestions, maybe stirring up some discussion, and sharing what I know.
I don’t presume to know all the ways to teach, but ideas are more fun when they’re passed along and expanded upon. If you like what you read here, please share and invite others to read!