I just returned from teaching a journalism course to American teens at Oxford University. The course was run by The New York Times as part of their new Student Journeys program.
With two other instructors, I taught 23 budding journalists about media ethics, bias, news writing and editing. We also did some sight-seeing on a few day trips around England — London, Stratford-Upon-Avon and Stonehenge. And, the program hosted two New York Times veterans as well as other notable speakers.
The students were expected to maintain a NYT blog (which I edited), write spot news stories and complete a feature story as their “final project.” These feature stories were impressive in both concept and execution, with students tackling subjects from campus rape to Brexit to the economics of literary tourism in Oxford.
The completion of these projects, creation of a real newsroom and one-on-one feedback from my co-instructors and me, set the course apart from an average high school journalism class. The students took it upon themselves to create an online magazine to host their final projects, The Oxford Student Times.
Group photo at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University. Photo by Lisa Hornak