Week 5 — Feb. 13 & 15

In Class:
-Discuss Renegade Mothering (news blog of the week)
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
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

Assignment:
–Post 4: Free Choice (25 points) due Monday, Feb. 19 at 10 p.m.
Post 5: Q&A with Photo Due Monday, Feb. 26 at 10 p.m.

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Week 4 — Feb. 6 & 8

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. 12 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. 19 at 10 p.m. and Post 5: Q&A with Photo Due Sunday, Feb. 26 at 10 p.m.

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Week 3 — Jan. 30 and Feb. 1

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., Feb. 4 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 — Jan. 23 & 25

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 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 on Thursday 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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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.” Continue reading

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Welcome To Online Journalism—Spring 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. Continue reading

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