I know, I know — it’s the holiday season. We’ve spent money on gifts, parties and our own selves. So it’s really tough to get an appeal for a donation right in the middle of this time of spending excess.
But when I got my appeal from Rosental Alves, director of the Knight Center for Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin, for a mere $10, I had to give it. I spend more on my Starbucks latte, and I can bypass them for a week.
For those of you not in the know, the Center has offered seven Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) — for free. Classes offered included “Development of Journalistic Projects for the Web: an Introduction to Entrepreneurial Journalism,” “Introduction to Infographics and Data Visualization,” “Introduction to Data Journalism,” and “Data-Driven Journalism: The Basics.” You can read my story about Alves’ efforts further in the fall edition of the NABJ Journal, page 16.
These are the courses that will help journalists of color remain relevant in their newsrooms as more employers seek — and hire — those with digital skills. So help the Center continue to offer these quality courses for free by making a $10 donation, here.