Della-Giustina chosen to take part in RTDNA Educator & Student live chat

Brandon Penny

June 29, 2010

Associate Professor Dr. Marsha Della-Giustina was recently chosen to participate in the Radio Television Digital News Association’s “Educator & Student Live Chat.” The one-hour chat was a part of RTDNA’s first-ever “Education Week,” and focused on the evolution of journalism education, how to succeed in journalism school, and tips for landing a job.

Panelists included Columbia University Associate Professor & former senior vice president for CBS News Betsy West; RTDNA Chair-Elect and News Director at News 8 Austin Kevin Benz; Emerson College Associate Professor & former TV news producer Dr. Marsha Della-Giustina; and recent Emerson College grad and WVII ABC7 reporter Nicole Gerber ’10.

“Marsha’s experience and accomplishments in journalism are profound. Add to that her daily interaction with some of the country’s best students and she was a no-brainer selection for us,” said RTDNA Digital Media Editor Ryan Murphy. “From the moment we created the concept of “Education Week” on, I knew I wanted Marsha to be a part of it.”

Dr. Della-Giustina has been an Associate Professor at Emerson College for more than 30 years, and is the advisor of the EmersonCollege chapter of RTDNA. She discussed the new curriculum changes that Emerson’s Journalism Department is putting in place this fall. The program will be putting a larger emphasis on teaching each student to become a multimedia journalist who can report, write, and produce on any platform. “When they come in their freshman year, they’ll start shooting and editing right away, and learning the digital basics with the web. The bottom line is they have to do it all,” Dr. Della-Giustina explained during the discussion.

Listen to the archived version of the chat »