I spent five and a half years as a teaching assistant at the University of Texas at Austin, and covered a great deal of ground in the classroom. Much of that time was devoted to J320: Intermediate Reporting, which was a buffet-style public affairs journalism course that touched on courts, cops, city council and business beats, among others. The courts assignment was particularly challenging for students, so I wrote a hands-on guide to courthouse etiquette and procedures. It’s been updated several times since 2008, but I think it’s still used in a few classes.
When the department overhauled its curriculum to emphasize social media and digital journalism, I switched to a variety of multimedia production courses. I helped teach layout and design, copy editing, introductory video and digital magazine reporting.