For My Students

2017-2018 schedule

Fall 2017
I am teaching:
  • Introduction to Multimedia Reporting (Journal 301)--In this course, you'll learn how to produce digital news packages, AND how to find and use reliable data from government, academic and advocacy group sources on the web. You'll be writing in-depth stories, shooting photos and creating podcasts on current topics in the news, including the economy, the presidential election, food and agriculture policy and the environment. Several of my spring semester students are working this summer in internships at WBUR and WGBH in Boston, The Greenfield Recorder and The Daily Hampshire Gazette, among other places. Come on down!
  • New Models in Covering Communities (Journal 390AI)-- If you started a local news operation today, what would it look like? In this hands-on, three-credit course, students will build on their journalism, entrepreneurial, social media and technical skills to develop and run The Amherst Independent, a  community news site that covers the town of Amherst. Students will learn about successful community journalism models and experiment with new digital and social media tools and reporting techniques to connect with audiences and cover the community in innovative ways.  
  • First Year Student Seminar (191)--Welcome to UMass, grasshopper. We'll talk about careers, courses, advising, and the program expectations, all with the goal of making sure this program is the right fit for you. We'll visit the student media outlets, where you can pick up an assignment or join their teams. (They want you!) I am particularly proud of this course, since I developed it, and students tell me all the time what a difference it made in their UMass experience. 

Social media policy
I don't friend students on Facebook. I do follow back on Twitter. I don't text with students.

I LinkIn selectively, only with graduates, and only with those whose work I vouch for and who have earned an A or a B in my three or four credit courses. If you want to LinkIn with me after graduation, take a course with me. 

My  door is ALWAYS OPEN for anyone who'd like to yack with me face to face. I teach my Launchpad course in the spring, but I'm available Tuesday and Thursday afternoons to talk about jobs, resumes, internships and scholarships.

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