PHOENIX– During my days as a news-editorial journalism student at Howard University, I remember reading stories written by Retha Hill in The Washington Post.
This afternoon that former reporter, who also did a stint at the Washington Post.com Web site, became my teacher, at least for a one-hour session on “Innovation” at the Scripps Howard Entrepreneurship Institute this week at Arizona State University.
It was all about how to build confidence in our journalism students that THEY TOO can be innovators.
Hill, who directs the New Media Innovation Lab, just finished her master’s degree. But, she’s brought so much more to the Cronkite School that a master’s degree could not give you.
She’s taught students how to separate from the mainstream and “iterate quickly and fail cheaply.”
She has students building APPs for major companies and doing innovation projects for Gannett, which owns both the local newspaper and NBC affiliated television station in Phoenix.
I walk away from this presentation with some strategies for how to facilitate an “Ideation Session” where you’re throwing up ideas on a wall, grouping them together and organizing into an innovation that a client needs.
Who would have thought 20 years later, I would be sitting under the feet of such a giant in journalism innovation? I can’t wait to put some of Hill’s ideas into action in my classroom.