'Snake your way to success' | Undergraduate Honors Thesis

Spring 2015 | Thesis adviser: Lois Boynton | Honors level: With Highest Honors

'Snake your way to success:' Innovations in College Journalism Education at Select Institutions

by Kendra Benner '15

Journalism educators are tasked with preparing students for the rapidly changing media industry. But, educators face the challenge of keeping up with the evolving industry while navigating elements of higher education that oppose innovation. However, many journalism educators are managing to innovate despite these challenges. In-depth interviews were conducted with eight innovative journalism educators. Their responses indicated several insights about innovating in journalism education, what drives innovation, and the nature of an innovator. Given the importance of innovation in journalism education, understanding what drives innovation in this context is vital. This study provides insights into how innovative educators work and think, and recommendations of how journalism administrators and educators can encourage innovation in their schools.



Many Honors Carolina students cap their undergraduate experience with a Senior Honors Thesis, partnering with a faculty mentor to develop original research or creative work. Students who successfully defend their thesis before a faculty review panel graduate with Honors or Highest Honors. Each year, approximately 350 students complete a Senior Honors Thesis. For many of those students, the thesis becomes a first publication or an important part of their application to graduate or professional school. Students who wish to undertake a Senior Honors Thesis project must have a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher. Academic departments may set higher thresholds for course work within students’ major field of study.

All Senior Honors Theses can be found in the Carolina Digital Repository (CDR).