All posts in category Education

NYT Editor Dean Baquet on longform’s future, the Apple Watch, sending reporters into war

New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet spent Thursday, April 16, 2015 speaking with the School of Journalism at the University of Montana and the Missoula community. Students in our course “J494: Critical Thinking About Design and Disruption” were honored to host him for a lengthy conversation about innovation and disruption at the Times.  Following are highlights […]

4 big ways the NYTimes is helping us teach ‘design and disruption’

Manhattan meets Montana: With great help from Times staff, we have a front row seat to study news media innovation, leadership, risk and hope By Ron Reason Several months of discussing innovation and change at The New York Times culminates this Thursday for our class, “Critical Thinking About Design and Disruption,” when Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet comes to campus as […]

U Montana’s Pollner professorship in journalism: 4 reasons it may be the gig for you

By Ron Reason The Pollner Distinguished Professorships at the University of Montana School of Journalism present an exciting, unique opportunity for professional journalists (or “news media experts,” if you want to look beyond writers, editors or photographers) to take a career break and make a big difference. The one-semester posts carry a generous $40,000 stipend. The application period typically closes […]

Making a difference in the Third World: 3 women discuss their determination

[This post was originally published on my now archived travel blog, Travel With Reason, and has been revised for sharing with my class at the University of Montana, as many students are interested in international travel and outreach. Updates on each subject interviewed appear at the start of each segment. For a variety of other essays and collected […]

Advice for young (and seasoned) journalists? Ask some very recent grads

Grizzly grads tell current students loud and clear: Get ready to be rocked by (and enjoy)  digital-first publishing, heavy on social media, in a workplace of constant change. [February 10, 2015, Missoula, Mont.] How are recent journalism grads navigating, or causing, the disruption rocking the news media today? That was the assignment for students in my […]

Need to transition? Get out in the world and move those feet!

Recently I was asked by DESIGN, the magazine of the Society for News Design, to contribute to its summer issue focused on theme of “transition.” SND President Sara Quinn suggested I frame my ideas around a series of photos that intrigued her in recent years, taken while looking down at my feet as I have […]

Getting the dirt: The ‘truth’ behind one compelling travel photo

By Ron Reason For a variety of other essays and collected writings and images of my work in Africa and elsewhere in the Third World, visit this link.] Since my initial visit to Africa, I’ve returned a number of times and produced thousands of photos. Some have been published in magazines and newspapers; some have been put […]

Through travel photography, conquering fear and inspiring passion

Things I learned today: That Moby (one of my fave musicians/DJs/artists) had an uncle who was a photographer at The New York Times. And that he (Moby) first picked up a camera at age 10, set it aside in college set to pursue his music passions, and just picked up the habit again in earnest […]

At Yosemite’s Clouds Rest, determination and soaring hope

[The following essay is among tales of life away from work I share periodically on this blog. It was among those selected for publication in the book “Inspiring Generations: 150 Years, 150 Stories in Yosemite,” curated by The Yosemite Conservancy to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Yosemite Grant Act.] By Ron Reason

Thumbs up for Sun-Times’ backpage nod to Ebert’s legacy

“Do you go to work every day and try to master your job and feel deeply that it matters? Do you believe that you can, through sheer excellence, make it matter even more? Roger Ebert did.” By Ron Reason When big news breaks (and in Chicago, Roger Ebert’s death has been big news), those who […]