Monthly Archives: January 2013

Week 2

In Class: –Blogging Basics –Ethics Talk -Why your friends make lousy sources –Pitch your beat in class on Wednesday Assignments: -Read JournalismNext Intro and Forward -Read JournalismNext Chapter 1 – We are all Web workers now, but skim section on Web … Continue reading

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Elements of Your Beat Pitch

Due Wednesday, Jan 30 at beginning of class First, review the advice for picking a beat for this semester. Then when you have a topic, write out your beat pitch in concrete and specific terms. Your beat pitch must describe: 1. Topic, geographic … Continue reading

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Ethics Talk

The basics: Be clear, upfront and honest about who you are and what you are doing. “Recognize that gathering and reporting information may cause harm or discomfort. Pursuit of information is not a license for arrogance.” Tell everyone you interview, … Continue reading

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Blogging Basics

A place to start: basics, blog lists, blog search engines, award-winning blogs, beat blogs, and some advice from JournalismNext. WHAT IS A BLOG? Term = web + log Content-wise a blog can be whatever the author wants it to be. Common … Continue reading

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Some Unique Aspects of Online Journalism

1. Audience Control The audience has greater control over the information it wants. 2. Nonlinear Stories do not have to follow a predetermined order. They can be structured to allow users to experience it as they wish. 3. Storage and … Continue reading

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Week 1

In Class: -Course introduction and overview –Equipment -What are we talking about when we talk about journalism? -Unique aspects of online journalism -Start thinking about what beat you want to cover this semester Assignments: -Read JournalismNext – Forward and Intro -Browse the … Continue reading

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Picking a Beat to Cover This Semester

For this class, I am asking you to take a particular 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 … Continue reading

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