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The Case Method: Art and Skill. Narrative storytelling for interactive learning. Why cases?. Beyond reporting and writing Build skills of critical thinking and judgment Encourage students to think for themselves Vicarious workplace experience. What a “teaching ” case does.

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The case method art and skill

The Case Method:Art and Skill

Narrative storytelling for interactive learning


Why cases

Why cases?

  • Beyond reporting and writing

  • Build skills of critical thinking and judgment

  • Encourage students to think for themselves

  • Vicarious workplace experience


What a teaching case does

What a “teaching” case does

  • Vehicle for discussion

  • Tells story, stops at a decision point

  • Presents at least two equally compelling potential courses of action

  • Leaves to students hard work of deciding what to do next

  • Describes, does not prescribe


What a case class is

What a case class is

  • Participatory, interactive

  • Faculty as “guide”

  • 3 levels of learning: content, skills, self-knowledge

  • “Less is more” from faculty

  • Vicarious experience


Case method thought process

Case Method thought process

  • analysis

  • diagnosis

  • anticipate consequences

  • prescription

  • defend position

    = Critical Thinking, Judgment


Our case focus leadership management ethics

Our case focus: leadership, management, ethics

Sample questions:

  • Should an obit identify an Army officer as gay?

    • Washington Post

  • Does crowdsourcing makes sense for community news?

    • Fort Myers (FL) News-Press

  • What price press freedom?

    • Far Eastern Economic Review (Dow Jones)


Case questions cont

Case questions cont.

  • In science reporting, what does “balanced” mean?

    • Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

    • York Daily Record

  • How should a news organization react if attacked by the government of the day?

    • BBC

  • How do you balance responsible reporting and competitive pressures?

    • New England Cable News


Case topic areas broadcast print digital

Case topic areas(broadcast, print, digital)

  • International

  • Investigative reporting

  • Beat reporting (science, education etc.)

  • Crisis management

  • Ethics

  • Media business

  • Strategic management


Topic areas cont

Topic areas cont.

  • Editorial decisionmaking

  • Newsroom management

  • Blogging

  • Crisis reporting

  • News graphics

  • Gender, race & ethnicity

  • Privacy

  • Celebrity reporting


We live online

We live online

  • http://casestudies.jrn.columbia.edu

  • Or straight to library:

    • http://casestudies.jrn.columbia.edu/collection

  • Or individual case

    • Christian Science Monitor


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