Week 4 — Sept. 24 & 26

In Class:
-Finish ethics quiz
Common types of blog posts
-Discuss previous students’ feedback on how to succeed in this 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,Sept. 30 by 10 p.m.:
Post 2: Aggregation Post  (25 points)
Post 3: Free Choice (25 points)

Looking ahead:
–Post 4: Free Choice (25 points) due Sunday, Oct. 7 at 10 p.m.
Post 5: Q&A with Photo Due Sunday, Oct. 14 at 10 p.m.

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Week 3 — Sept. 17 & 19

In Class:
-Finish ethics quiz
-Start setting up your blog in class
Common types of blog posts
-Discuss previous students’ feedback on how to succeed in this class
Grading
Blogging basics

Assignments:
-Read Slate (news blog of the week)
Blog Set Up and Post 1 (Introduction) due by Sun.,Sept. 23 at 10 p.m.

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Week 2 — Sept. 10 & 12

In Class:
—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 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 on Wednesday 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
-So what are we talking about when we talk about journalism? Moreover, 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.
-Read through the Cyberjournlist code of ethics
-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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Picking A Beat For The Semester

For this class, I am asking you to take a journalistic approach to blogging which has been called “beat blogging.”

Beatblogging.org defines the term as “any blog that sticks to a well-defined beat or coverage area, whether it is the work of a single person or a team, whether it is authored by a pro or an amateur journalist.” It continues: Continue reading

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Welcome To Online Journalism—Fall 2018

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

This course examines the online news landscape. Students learn which principles of traditional journalism can and should be applied to the web, and what makes online journalism unique. Students gain this knowledge through reading assignments, class discussion and activities, and a series of reporting, writing and multimedia production assignments.

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

  • Explore the unique challenges, opportunities, ethical and legal issues of digital journalism.
  • Author a news-oriented blog on a well-defined beat or coverage area.
  • Write blog posts with effective headlines, writing, structure, links and key words.
  • Use social media as a tool for reporting and audience engagement.
  • Become proficient in basic multimedia reporting and production, including how to tell a story using text, links, photos, audio and video.
  • Produce an online publication with original reporting and multimedia content that is suitable for internship, freelance and job applications.

TEACHING METHODS:

Students will practice online journalism in this course. Practice, in this case, means actually developing journalistic skills to cover a topic for a real audience—not just fulfilling a school assignment. Students will select a topic or beat to cover for the semester. Each student will create a blog and then report, write and create multimedia content to cover the topic. All assignments will be posted online for anyone to read. Students will build an online audience. I will serve as an editorial advisor and give the same responses, instruction and suggestions that I would give to professional journalists. This course stresses journalistic ethics, writing for online media, and basic multimedia reporting and production.

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Week 13 — April 17 & 19

In Class:
—Looking at previous student video projects
—Going around and talking to each of you about your Video Projects
—Outline Final Post Project
—Outline Blog Presentations: Here’s what I’m looking for.
—Thursday will be a work day for videos or final projects

Assignments:
Video Post due Monday, April 23 at 10 p.m.
Blog Presentations in class Tuesday 24th and Thursday 26th
Final Projects due Friday, May 4th at 5 p.m. (NO LATE WORK ACCEPTED)
Farewell Post due Friday, May 4th at 5 p.m. (NO LATE WORK ACCEPTED)

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