New digital tools not only are useful to working journalists, but they’re finding value in the classroom. In the Newsgathering 2 internship course at the University of Colorado Boulder, associate professor Tom Yulsman and instructor Sandra Fish this week used Google+ Hangouts to conduct a classroom Q and A session (photo below) with two remote guests, both CU alumni. Danielle Albert, digital news producer for Scripps Howard News Service, and Jason Bartz, embedded newsroom developer at the Washington Post, interacted with students about their experiences and how CU helped them achieve their career goals.
The virtual-interaction experience was great, with good visibility for students viewing the guests on a projector screen, and excellent audio. The remote guests seemed to hear students’ questions in a huge classroom, as long as the students spoke loudly enough for their voices to carry across a fairly large room to the microphone.