Get your website started with UT’s Going Online workshop

March 26, 2011 | By Jim Stovall | Filed in: news.

Getting started with online journalism has never been easier.

That’s just one of the things you’ll learn at the Going Online workshop for journalism instructors on Monday, April 25, 2011 at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

By the end of the day, you’ll have the following:

• a news website that your students can use to learn and practice online journalism

• knowledge of the principles and techniques of online journalism

• understanding of the differences between online journalism and the journalism you have been teaching

• the skills to manage your website efficiently

full membership in the Intercollegiate Online News Network (ICONN) or the Interscholastic Online News Network (ISONN)

Cost of the workshop is $25, which includes parking and lunch.

And speaking of lunch, we’ll be eating with and hearing from Dr. Dwight Teeter, one of the nation’s  foremost experts in the history and development of the First Amendment. Dr. Teeter’s informal talk will be on the state of the First Amendment today. You can watch of preview of some of the things he will discuss in the video below:


The workshop will be in the Scripps Convergence Lab of the College of Communication and Information at UT. It will begin at 9 a.m. and last until about 3 p.m.

Participants can register for the workshop at

“If you are a collegiate or high school journalism instructor and feel the need to change the direction of your journalism program, we want to help,” Jim Stovall, a UT journalism professor and director of the workshop, said.

Stovall said the workshop is designed for those who want to shift from print to the web in their approach to journalism education.

“That shift can seem daunting,” he said. “We want to make it easy.”

The Intercollegiate Online News Network (ICONN) is a set of individuals, academic programs and professional organizations dedicated connecting student web journalists and campus news websites and to advancing education in web and online journalism. It is based at the University of Tennessee. Its web site is A part of ICONN is the Interscholastic Online News Network (ISONN).

Tentative workshop schedule

8:30 – 9 a.m. Registration

9 – 10:15 a.m. Teaching online journalism
different medium, different thinking, different teaching

10:15 – 10:30 a.m. Break

10:30 – 11:45 a.m. Managing a news website
using JeffersonNet content management system

noon – 1 p.m. Lunch
Dr. Dwight Teeter, the state of the First Amendment

1 – 2 p.m. Software and websites
software and sites you should know about

2:15 – dusk (or sooner) Hands-on
one-on-one, practice, questions and answers

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