Teaching

My undergraduate degree from Ball State University is in journalism and social studies secondary education. I earned a high school teacher's license, but decided to follow a newspaper career.

I’ve kept my hand in teaching, though, by being an adjunct for several local universities. Classes I have taught include visual reporting, computer graphics, online journalism, DVD production, website design advanced features writing and writing for mass media. 

I’m comfortable teaching undergraduate, graduate and adult students. My philosophy is to approach subject matters with creativity, discovery and hands-on projects. This tailors naturally with the technology aspects of graphic/web design and online communication. I also present on current examples and issues to my classes and apply a little game theory to keep topics interesting.

In the fall of 2015, I taught Advanced Features Writing (COMM 3230) at Anderson University. The content of this course typically focuses on the magazine industry. While keeping a continual focus on writing, we ventured beyond examining writer’s guidelines and query letters to explore how magazines and feature stories utilize interactive platforms. We examined online long-form journalism efforts such as the New York Time’s Snowfall piece, the Serial podcast, and The Washington Post’s multipart drone series. We listened to interview techniques from NPR’s Terry Gross. The first major assignment was a personality profile. We wrapped up the class by discussing how-to articles. The class consisted of mostly juniors. I approached grading from an editor’s point of view: What would have to be changed in order for the piece to be published. I generally used the markup function of Microsoft Word because students need exposure to that business practice. Written remarks were usually made in purple ink. No one likes to see a lot of red ink. Throughout the semester I met with every student individually for writing coaching.

© Scott Davis 2016