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Being a Scholar in the Digital EraTransforming Scholarly Practice for the Public Good$
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Jessie Daniels and Polly Thistlethwaite

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447329251

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447329251.001.0001

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Training scholars for the digital era

Training scholars for the digital era

(p.89) Five Training scholars for the digital era
Being a Scholar in the Digital Era

Jessie Daniels

Polly Thistlethwaite

Policy Press

Digital era scholars who wish to engage with broad public audiences, activists, and non-academic publics often find little training available that meets their unique needs. In this chapter, we make the case for institutions of higher education to train faculty and employees to use digital forums (Twitter, Facebook, podcasts, etc.), to blog, and to apply digital media to communicate effectively. Intellectuals that develop skills to interview on-camera, to write succinct op-eds, are more effective at reaching wide public audiences. Workshops such as the JustPublics@365 MediaCamp, guided by journalists working in higher education, offer the professoriate the hybrid skills they need to become digital era public intellectuals.

Keywords:   public intellectuals, digital era, digital forums, digital media, hybrid skills

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