Creating and editing curriculum

As the Researcher and Program Coordinator for the Canadian Association of Journalists' Misinfo101, I edited the curriculum for this national workshop series for post-secondary students across Canada.

I was responsible for the web page content, for newsletter and social media content. I created graphics for all of the above.

In collaboration with the curriculum developers, I created a section of the curriculum on misinformation in Canada. I researched and fact-checked the curriculum, added references, and sourced visuals. 

I researched and recruited instructors for training workshops from provinces and territories, and coordinated venue logistics with post-secondary institutions (COVID-19 permitting). I created an instructor package which included an introduction, course description, learning outcomes, notes, links and other pertinent information for workshop instructors. 

Based off the curriculum, I created a PowerPoint presentation for the local instructors, which was given by instructors in 13 cities across Canada.

Based off the curriculum and presentation and a good deal of research, I wrote, formatted, and edited the national Misinfo101 guide.

Finally, I created communications materials related to the project, including newsletter and social media copy and launch documents including newsletter text, a poster, press release and social copy.

Teaching experience

As a Teaching Assistant in Carleton’s journalism school in 2014-2015, I monitored, edited, graded and assessed student work over three semesters.

Centretown News was the fourth-year newspaper workshop designed to prepare students for work in a newsroom, giving them experience in publishing a newspaper.

As a TA, I taught students how to use and work with InDesign, and guided them through the pagination and production of a bi-weekly newspaper. I facilitated weekly story meetings and responded to students’ questions and concerns, and aimed at all times to maintain a positive, inclusive and diverse learning environment.

Teaching Interests

Research: innovation in media business models, analysisof issues facing journalism today, including but not limited to business models, financial realities in Canadian journalism, inclusion and culture, impact of disinformation and misinformation.

Teaching Subjects: journalism and innovation, journalism business model transformation, revenue streams, foundations and fundamentals of journalism, feature writing, copy editing, the gig economy.


Certificate in Teaching Assistants Skills, Carleton, 2015


Patterson, Jessica. Case Studies in Transition Multiplatform Publishing in Three Western Canadian Magazines. Ottawa:Thesis (M.J.) - Carleton University, 2016., 2015. Print.

Patterson, Jessica. “Reinvigorating the Curriculum in Journalism: How Innovative Practices Can Help Us All.” Educational Development Centre, Carleton University, 8 Oct. 2015, | Link | PDF