For My Students

2018-2019 schedule

Spring 2019
I am teaching:
  • Introduction to Multimedia Reporting (Journal 301)--In this course, you'll learn how to produce digital news packages on current topics like the economy, education and the environment using the WordPress platform. You'll build skills in digital photography and podcasting, using Garageband, and social reporting using Wakelet. You'll learn how to find and use reliable data from government, academic and advocacy group sources on the web. This course gives you an understanding of the possibilities in digital reporting, and will prepare you well for an internship at a news organization or nonprofit.
  • Entrepreneurial Journalism (Journal 383)--In this course, students learn about the basics of media entrepreneurship by developing their own digital publication. Students will learn about new and emerging digital for-profit and non-profit news organizations, how they work and how they sustain themselves financially. We will explore the tech tools and platforms that enable us to work successfully as independent news publishers, including content management systems, social media management tools and workflow management. The course builds to a final competition in which students pitch their idea to a panel of judges that includes local entrepreneurs. In this video, alum Julie Shamgochian talks about how this course helped her get her current job. 


  • The Journalism Launchpad (Journal 497G)--For juniors and seniors, this five-week, one-credit course is designed to help you develop your internship or career strategy, regardless of what you think you want to do. In five weeks, you will develop a solid resume and Linked-in profile, along with a professional network, a possible mentor or two. You'll prepare for job interviews and gain an understanding of post-grad personal finance topics. Many alums of this class say it should be required, and, though the topic may be scary, the class will give you confidence and reduce your stress levels. And there is candy. 

Outside of the classroom
I'm available Tuesday and Thursday afternoons to talk about jobs, resumes, internships and scholarships. Sign up for a spot on my online calendar on The Journalism Launchpad blog. 

Where to find me
Office: S425 Integrative Learning Center. Phone: (413) 545-5930. Email: bjroche@journ.umass.edu.