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Hacks/Hackers and Mozilla want to know: How should we structure an online curriculum for journalists and technologists to learn together?

Hacks/Hackers, Mozilla, the Medill School of Journalism, The Media Consortium, and others are teaming to develop a solid six-week online curriculum that will benefit both "hacks" and hackers.

To make this work, we need feedback from both journalists and programmers on the questions:

  • What topics should be covered?
  • Would you be interested in helping to teach a topic?

Read on for more context, or just jump to the topic suggestions posted below as answers and add your vote, or -- better yet -- ideas.

Quick background

As some of you in the this community may have read, Hacks/Hackers and Mozilla are teaming up to run a six-week peer-to-peer course for "hacks" and hackers. The overall theme of the course will be "Open Journalism on the Open Web," and -- being a peer-to-peer course that is all about "open" -- we need your input and involvement to make the course a success.

As part of Mozilla's ongoing work to keep the web open, we've been supporting a number of exciting education projects through the Mozilla Drumbeat initiative & Peer-to-Peer University (P2PU). Two great examples are the School of Webcraft course -- the ultimate environment in which to learn the craft of open and standards-based web development. -- and the recent Digital Journalism course with Joi Ito of the Keio Graduate School of Media Design.

Course format

Each week the course will focus on a different topic, and each week the participants will be joined by a different subject-matter expert from the field of news innovation. The weekly course readings, online participation, and a seminar are expected to require roughly 4-6 hours.

The topics that we've outlined to date are posted below as answers to this question. Please give them a vote up / vote down to let us know what you think, or -- better yet -- add your own answers.

We also want to know:

  • Courses you want: If you were running the show (and you are!), what topics would you want to see covered?
  • Courses you want to teach: Did I mention that this is a peer-to-peer course? Seriously, what topics are you a subject-matter expert on? Would you be willing to be part of our teaching team?

We need your help to make this happen. Please take a moment to vote on the answers posted below, or comment with your ideas. (Please also indicate your interest in attending, volunteering, or teaching.)

We're hoping to run a pilot course in September, so it would be great to have your quick comments as soon as possible.

Many thanks in advance for your input.

(On behalf of Mozilla)

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