Archive for August, 2008

Reading 2: History of the Web

Please read this recent piece from Vanity Fair. Knowing the history of the Web is key to understanding the rise of social media and the current opportunities/challenges for journalism (online, in print, on TV, or in whatever other form it takes). As you read this oral history, ask yourself: How does this account track with the past 50 years of journalism and media — similiarities, differences, etc.? Looking ahead, what does this history tell us about what we might expect about the future of journalism? Also, connect this with the previous reading on the state of citizen media. What kind of picture are you getting about the state of news production and dissemination today, and what role ordinary people can play in that process?

Reading 1: The State of Citizen Media

Here’s our first reading … might be more coming over the weekend, so stay tuned …

Check out this report on citizen media from the Project for Excellence in Journalism. It’s a good overview of some of the key terminology and trends we’ll touch on this semester. After you read this, put the report within the larger context of major trends noted by PEJ.

What do you find most interesting? Surprising? Disconcerting? Good, bad or otherwise?

Here’s one thought to consider: In it’s “major trends” report, PEJ says, “The prospects for user-created content, once thought possibly central to the next era of journalism, for now appear more limited, even among “citizen” sites and blogs.” Why? And might they be wrong? … Consider this report in the context of your lived experience. What’s happening out there, online? Where are we going from here?

What we watched in class today

Welcome, everyone. Hold off on writing your introduction (below)—we’ll do that in class Friday. In the meantime, here’s the video I showed at the end of class today (by the way, it was created by this guy). You might want to watch it again, as some of the terminology (XML, for example) might be new. It offers a good starting point for our discussion over the next couple of days on a big-picture approach to the future of journalism, the Web and beyond. So, get excited. This is going to be fun!

p.s. I’ll post the first readings Friday; you can read them over the weekend in preparation for Wednesday’s class.


OK, so I didn’t make you bare your soul in-person today, but I would like you to introduce yourself here on the blog. First, make sure you’re logged into your WordPress account. Then click on “Edit Profile” in the “My Account” menu. Configure it so that your full name (or your first name and last initial) shows up under “display name publicly as…” Then, add a picture of yourself using Photo Booth—I’ll show you how to do this. Now, comment away.

Tell us:

Why you’re a journalism major … why you’re in this class … what you hope to get out of it … what you love (or hate) to cover as a journalist … what you most like to read and why … what you like to do for fun (you know, actual hobbies) … and something interesting we don’t know about you.

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