Week 9

In Class:
–Bring camera, audio recording device (your phone), connection cords and headphones to class
Audio Reporting
Audio Editing with Audacity
Step-By-By Guide: Getting audio from recorder to your WordPress Blog
—Finish In-Class Audio Exercise

Some great audio segments from previous students:
—Tammy Decker talks about Aqua Spin Classes
—A brewer from Yards tells his story
—Rowan’s dietician explains how to eat healthy
—Rowan’s Temple Jordan talks about intersectional feminism

Assignments:
Post 8: Profile of Another Blogger due Monday, Mar. 27 (50 points)
—Post 9: Audio Interview With Photo due Monday, Apr. 3 (60 points)

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Week 8

In Class:
–Bring camera, audio recording device (your phone), connection cords and headphones to class
—Listen to this great segment from This American Life
—Listen to this haunting segment from WNYC’s Snap Judgement
Audio Reporting
Audio Editing with Audacity
Step-By-By Guide: Getting audio from recorder to your WordPress Blog
In-Class Audio Exercise

Some more great audio segments:
—A story about a man trapped inside his own body
—What’s waiting out there in the dark?
—Story about a raccoon gone mad!
—So who exactly is that boy in the photo?

Assignments:
—Post 7: Photo Gallery due Monday, Mar. 13th at 10 p.m. (50 points)
Post 8: Profile of Another Blogger due Monday, Mar. 27 (50 points)

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Week 7

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*** Thurs., Mar. 2nd
-Post 6: Free Choice due Monday, Mar. 6th at 10 p.m. (25 points)
-Post 7: Photo Gallery due Monday, Mar. 13th at 10 p.m. (50 points)
Post 8: Profile of Another Blogger due Monday, Mar. 27 (50 points)

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Week 6

In Class:
General Suggestions So Far
Writing leads
Intro to simple web analytics
Social media and journalism
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 Monday, Feb. 27 at 10 p.m.

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Week 5

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 Monday, Feb. 20 at 10 p.m.
Post 5: Q&A with Photo due Monday, Feb. 27 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 Monday, Feb. 13 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 Monday, Feb. 20 at 10 p.m. and Post 5: Q&A with PhotoDue Monday, Feb. 27 at 10 p.m.

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Week 3

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. 25 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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