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. 2 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. 9 at 10 p.m. and Post 5: Q&A with Photo Due Sunday, Oct. 16 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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Week 2

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 HuffingtonPost.com. Why is this the most popular blog 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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Previous Student Feedback

Every semester I ask students to provide feedback for future students of Online Journalism 1. Here are some of their more poignant reflections:

—Be sure to stay on top of your deadlines because they come fast. If you don’t understand something, ask.

—My advice for future students is do not procrastinate in this class, because it can and probably will come back to hurt you in the end. This is a topic that you need to stay one step ahead of all semester to spare yourself the crazy end of semester stress this course will bring you if you don’t stay on top of things.

—This is the future of journalism, so if that’s what you want to do with your life, this is the course to take.

—The only way you can really do poorly in this class is if you just don’t do any work at all. This class is a lot of fun because you get to create your own blog about pretty much whatever you want…It can be a little time-consuming, but you’re at least doing something fun, not like writing papers and taking tests. No tests, just extra credit quizzes. I recommend taking this class if you like to do creative tasks. Also, Professor Diulio is always there to help you out when you get stuck and will give you valuable/honest feedback.

—You have the free will to write about whatever interests you, therefore, you are constantly engaged in the topic and having fun with what you are doing. DiUlio gives incredible feedback that can really shape your work from great to phenomenal.

—Running your own blog provides you with real life work experience.

—Well paced class that is loaded with a majority of the work on the back end so you can hone your skills before the most important project come up. Don’t miss more than 2-3 assignments however you will be screwed!

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Welcome to Online Journalism 1 – Fall 2016

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, video, information graphics and data visualizations.
• 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 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 that 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 a professional journalist. This course stresses journalistic ethics, writing for online media, and basic multimedia reporting and production.

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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 HuffingtonPost to your media diet for the week. We’ll discuss next week.

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Final Week

In Class:
—Extra Credit Quiz 2 (10 Points)
Assignments and Points: What’s done and what’s left
Post 12: Final Project feedback and help
Post 13: Farewell Post overview
What to do with your blog at the end of the semester
Where do we go from here? The future of online journalism and you.

Assignments:
Final Projects due Monday, May 9 at 10 p.m
Farewell Post due Monday, May 9 at 10 p.m. (this is your LAST post)

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