Jeff South

Professor. Journalist. Traveler.

For more than 40 years, I have worked in journalism – first as a newspaper reporter and editor and then as a teacher preparing the next generation of news professionals. As both a journalist and a journalism educator, I have carved out a specialty in using technology to find, report and tell powerful news stories. As a Fulbright scholar and newsroom trainer, I have worked with journalism students and practitioners in Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin America and across the United States.

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International Work

Text me at 804-519-1062.


Via YouTube and Zoom, I often bring virtual guest speakers into my classes and presentations. For my Science Journalism course, for example, speakers included Virginia Hughes of BuzzFeed, Michelle Nijhuis of The New York Times and John Horgan of Scientific American.

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Course evaluations, yearning to be free

Why I am making my student evals public, and maybe you should, too.

As a journalist and journalism teacher, I am a champion of transparency and the public’s right to know. I routinely have my students write and submit requests to government agencies for documents and data under the Freedom of Information Act.

But students can't FOIA one set of documents that they may really want to peruse: course evaluations. Students can never learn how schoolmates have rated a class or a teacher: whether their peers considered the course easy or demanding, worthwhile or worthless; whether they gave the instructor thumbs up, thumbs down or just meh.

So I am posting the evals from my courses for the past several years, along with contextual information. Read why on Medium.

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