Click here to download the lesson plans 
Click here for a free condensed excerpt
Click here for a free multimedia case study


For Educators

How do you use the book, Saving Community Journalism, in the classroom?  What materials on this site can be incorporated into your lesson plans?  What other online resources are available, such as case studies and book excerpts?  How are other professors using this material?

Just For Educators is designed specifically with journalism instructors in mind.  All or select chapters in the book and the material on this site can be used to enrich instruction in these classes:

  • Introductory news reporting
  • Community journalism
  • Media strategy and business of news
  • Entrepreneurial journalism
  • Foundations of journalism
  • Management and leadership of news operations
  • Innovation and digital start-ups
Here’s what’s available to access and download from this site:
Lesson Plans for each chapter in the book, including pullout quotes, learning objectives, relevant material on this site, supplemental readings and potential out-of-class assignments. Click here to download a PDF of the Lesson Plans

Multimedia case study with teaching note and epilogue, focusing on the Pulitzer Prize-winning Whiteville News Reporter, as it attempts to transition from a print-only world to a digital business model “Chasing the Community Newspaper Rainbow: the Whiteville News Reporter and the Digital Age” builds on and updates the smaller case studies on the newspaper that are embedded in Chapters Four through Seven.  Professors can access the free case and teaching note by clicking here.

Condensed excerpt of Chapter 3, How Newspapers Must Change, which summarizes the three-pronged strategy recommended in the book.  It can be used as a student reading assignment or as background information to inform classroom instruction and discussion. This is available on the American Journalism Review site by clicking here. 

Other Resources:  This includes a slide presentation shared by University of Kentucky professor Al Cross, demonstrating how he incorporated the material in Chapters One, Two and Six into an online community journalism class discussion. (Click here.) In addition, instructors can access the syllabus and lesson plans of University of North Carolina professors who are teaching innovation, media economics and digital strategies. 

Student Insights into the Saving Community Journalism projectThis includes a selection of quotes from students explaining what they learned about leadership from working side-by-side with editors and publishers of community newspapers as they developed and implemented digital strategies.  It also includes a recent syllabus for the class, “Leadership in a Time of Change.”