Journalism Education

Venise has taught journalism since 1999 and has worked to foster both an awareness and ability among students to proficiently cover a variety of cultural groups. Her teaching approach is to use experiential learning and modeling in an organic, yet intentional method that guides students to diversify sourcing and thinking in their reporting. The key is to encourage students to recognize their comfort zones and push beyond them. Once they do this over and over again, they become fearless in their reporting.

Venise is also interested in moving professional journalists and journalism students beyond much of the existing coverage of racially, economically, and culturally marginalized communities. She is working with Sally Lehrman of Santa Clara University on a book, “Tracking Opportunity: Methods and tools for reporting on racial and ethnic communities,” which provides journalists and journalism students with reporting strategies and tools to cover structural inequities that lead to racial disparities.

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