Newsroom Notes: Covering pandemic, protests provides three valuable reminders

KOMU News is the nation’s only teaching laboratory inside a commercial, network-affiliated TV station. The challenges are no different from other newsrooms—just layered on top of the challenges facing the next generation of journalists. We’re providing a first-hand view (and maybe a little advice) from an industry veteran who agreed to lead the KOMU Newsroom during a faculty search process—just as the COVID-19 crisis began unfolding.

Learning to JAM in 5 steps: New initiative reminds journalism students to archive their digital work

In the early days of computing, we used a phrase, “save early, save often.” Today’s digital content creators have more opportunities and more ways to save, but often forget this critical step.

To keep content from being lost forever, our students and faculty need to learn best practices.

I’m proud that our librarians, Ed McCain and Dorothy Carner, are launching an easy set of steps for digital storage. JAM — Journalism Archives Management — will set students and faculty on a path to preserving content long after it has been created.

— Linda Kraxberger, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies, Missouri School of Journalism