Week 7—Oct. 16 & 18

In Class:
—Finish In Class Photo Assignment
—Why friends and family aren’t good sources
Tips for your photo gallery post
—Discuss Post 7: Photo Gallery
—Listen to this great segment from This American Life
Audio Reporting
Audio Editing with Audacity
Step-By-By Guide: Getting audio from recorder to your WordPress Blog
In-Class Audio Exercise

Assignments:
-First ***EXTRA CREDIT QUIZ*** Wed., Oct. 18th
-Post 6: Free Choice due Sunday, Oct. 22 at 10 p.m. (25 points)
-Post 7: Photo Gallery due Sunday, Oct. 29th at 10 p.m. (50 points)
Post 8: Profile of Another Blogger due Sunday, Nov. 5 (50 points)

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Week 6—Oct. 9 & 11

In Class:
General Suggestions So Far
Writing leads
Intro to simple web analytics
Social media and journalism
Can You Teach Photography?
Incorporating Photography into your Reporting
Tips for Better Smartphone Photography
In Class Photo Assignment
—Tips for writing great leads

Assignments:
Post 5: Q&A with Photo due Sunday, Oct. 15 at 10 p.m.

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Week 5 — Oct. 2 & 4

In Class:
Writing headlines for web and mobile (cont.)
The internet IS reality: What you do online matters
-Take a look at each other’s blogs and give feedback
Writing leads
Intro to simple web analytics
Social media and journalism
Examples of Solid Q&A posts
-Tips on conducting good interviews

Assignments:
—Post 4: Free Choice (25 points) due Sunday, Oct. 8 at 10 p.m.
Post 5: Q&A with Photo due Sunday, Oct. 15 at 10 p.m.

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Week 4

In Class:
-Discuss Renegade Mothering (news blog of the week)
-Grading rubric or What I’m looking for in a blog post
Tips for writing for the web
Linking like a journalist
Tags and Categories
—So, how should we feel about headlines and clickability?
Writing headlines for web and mobile

Assignment:
Due Sunday, Oct. 1 by 10 p.m.:
Post 2: Aggregation Post  (25 points)
Post 3: Free Choice (25 points)

Reading:
-Read JournalismNext Chapter 3 – “Crowd-powered collaboration”
-Read JournalismNext Chap 10 – “Managing news as a conversation”

Looking ahead:
–Post 4: Free Choice (25 points) due Sunday, Oct. 8 at 10 p.m. and Post 5: Q&A with Photo Due Sunday, Oct. 15 at 10 p.m.

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Week 3 — Sept. 18 & 20

In Class:
-Start setting up your blog in class
Common types of blog posts
-Discuss previous students’ feedback on how to succeed in this class
Grading
Assignments
Blogging basics
Ethics quiz: Permission, waivers, plagiarism, copyright, fair use and Creative Commons

Assignments:
-Read Uwishunu (news blog of the week)
Blog Set Up and Post 1 (Introduction) due by Sun., Sept. 24 at 10 p.m.

Catch up on reading:
-Read JournalismNext – Forward and Intro
-Read JournalismNext Chapter 1 – “We are all digital workers now,” but skip section on Web design
-Read JournalismNext Chapter 2 – “Blogging for better journalism”
-Read the Cyberjournalist.net’s Blogger Code of Ethics

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Week 2 — Sept. 11 & 13

In Class:
—What do we talk about when we talk about journalism? And what makes Online Journalism unique?
—Discuss highlights from the OJ1 Hall of Fame
Grading
Assignments
—You will pitch your beat for the semester.
Feedback from previous students
Blogging basics
Ethics quiz: Permission, waivers, plagiarism, copyright, fair use and Creative Commons

Assignments:
-Read JournalismNext Chapter 1 – “We are all digital workers now,” but skip section on Web design
-Read JournalismNext Chapter 2 – “Blogging for better journalism”
-Read the Cyberjournalist.net’s Blogger Code of Ethics
-Read Slate.com. Why is this one of the most popular online news sites in the U.S.?
-Come to class with two or three beat blog ideas and be prepared to pitch the ideas to me individually in class. You will eventually email me your beat pitch.

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Week 1

In Class:
-Introductions
Course overview
Grading
Assignments
Equipment
-What are we talking about when we talk about journalism? What makes online journalism unique?
-Thinking about your beat for the semester.

Assignments:
-Browse this list of previous student blogs from Online Journalism 1 and come to class ready to talk about one or two in particular.
-Get your books. Read JournalismNext – Forward and Intro
-Get your equipment together. What do you have? What do you need?
-Start thinking about your beat. Come with a few ideas next week.
-Add Slate.com to your media diet for the week. We’ll discuss next class.

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