Journalism and media are in the midst of a major transition as citizen reporting, technology and new opportunities for profit are popping up. No matter what changes happen in the industry, journalism students need to remember the basic principles of good reporting, like writing, storytelling and investigative journalism, as well as master new media techniques and trends. Here are 40 important lectures for learning it all.
Media and Communication
These lectures discuss the business of journalism, good journalistic techniques, and more.
- The News about the News: Alisa Miller’s talk to a TED audience reveals surprising statistics about what the news actually shares about the world.
- The Elements of Digital Storytelling: As media forms evolve, learn how to keep up with digital reporting.
- Why Newspapers Matter: A panel including Dante Chinni of The Huffington Post talk about why newspapers are still relevant.
- Media in Transition: 6 Summary Perspectives: Get different ideas about how media has developed over time, and what to expect in the future.
- Migratory Narratives: Why Some Stories Replicate Across Media, Cultures, Historical Eras: Especially relevant as social media becomes more popular, this lecturer wonders why some stories replicate so easily.
- What Makes the News?: Refine your skills for determining newsworthy stories.
- Principles of Good Journalism: Let a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist give you the secret to good journalism, even in a new age of technology.
- What Can We Learn from the New Media Business Model?: Discover if this business model will work for journalism.
- News, Information and the Wealth of Networks: Find out how news is treated as a commodity in corporate America.
- Is Innovation a Journalistic Topic?: Innovation is a term that’s floated around in business, science and engineering, but what about journalism?
- The Emergence of Citizen’s Media: Listen to a panel on the democratization of media.
- Listening to global voices: Aspiring journalists can learn how to truly open up to communication and discussion from the rest of the world after listening to this lecture.
- The case for anonymity online: Consider whether forums, anonymity and public discussion can work together.
- Journalism in the Digital Age: Washington Post columnist Michael Kinsley talks about journalism and technology.
- Dan Rather: Is the Media Failing in America?: This 2006 lecture by Dan Rather questions the media’s effectiveness.
- The Future of Publishing: Publishing is in a state of transition — find out where it and journalism are headed.
- How did the news get so dumb?: People co-founder and former Time writer Richard Burgheim discusses the downturn of magazines as TV took hold in the 60s.
- Sasa Vucinic invests in free press: Belgrade journalists talks about his free press bonds campaign.
Politics, Society and Culture
From reporting on wars to covering the White House to photojournalism, find out how journalism impacts society and culture.
- Capturing Our Times through History and Journalism, with Haynes Johnson: Discover how you can report on presidents and U.S. history in an effective, meaningful manner.
- War and Media: From PTSD to preparing to work in battlefields, this important lecture will help you understand what it’s like to work as a journalist during a war.
- The (Real) State of the Union: Get production tips from this panel.
- Helen Thomas – The Bush White House: How Covering the Beat has Changed: Legendary White House journalist Helen Thomas talks about her experiences and what’s changed.
- What’s the Story? Journalism and Power: Find out how media can change a story by altering its perspective.
- Reporter’s Notebook: The U.S. in Iraq: Find out what journalists and a diplomat thought of the war in Iraq.
- What Happened to Investigative Journalism?: San Diego ABC affiliate editor tracks the decline of investigative journalism.
- Conflict in Congo: The Challenges of Visual Journalism: Listen to a photojournalist talk about capturing working in the DRC.
- Al-Jazeera and the New Arab Media: Discover the Al-Jazeera model for reporting on the Middle East.
- The Future of Science Journalism: Several journalists and professionals talk about science journalism here.
- The power of cartoons: This lecturer shows how witty drawings comment on culture and unite people from different backgrounds.
- Julian Assange: Why the world needs WikiLeaks: As Assange is involved in a legal battle, he talks to TED about why WikiLeaks is important.
- Photographing the hidden story: Another talk about photojournalism, this lecture is inspiring in that it shows how a photograph can provoke empathy for surprising subjects.
- Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, A Photographer’s Chronicle of the Gulf War: This award-winning photographer talks about working in the Gulf War.
- And now, the real news: Kirk Citron is collecting stories that will define headlines in the future.
- The American News Media–Liberal or Conservative Bias with Eric Alterman and Tucker Carlson: Is the media biased towards conservatives or liberals?
- Deborah Scranton on her "War Tapes": This filmmaker gave cameras to soldiers in Iraq — it’s a great way to think about journalism and storytelling from a totally different perspective.
- New Media and Public Affairs: Local news and even newspapers are challenged to improve their coverage of public affairs.
- TV News in Transition: Neal Shapiro and Juju Chang talk about the ratings game, exclusives, and making money for big networks.
- The Los Angeles Times Goes to War: Discover what’s involved in every newspaper department when it reports on a major war.
- Media and the Environment: Reporting the Environment: Find out how journalists can build public understanding of the environment and environmental stories.
- A Lazy Press: Find out why a lazy press is dangerous for democracy.