Archive for September 24th, 2008

Showing off your work

When you do online journalism kind of work outside class, or anything else particularly noteworthy, please let me know—I’d like to share it with everyone here on the blog. Some great examples so far …

Raquel blogging from an SPJ conference in Atlanta this month …

Saul‘s piece in Nextbook, a Jewish magazine based in New York (by the way, Saul worked up his blog while in Panama the past week—Notes from Elsewhere) …

and Caitlin‘s review getting highlighted on the homepage of singer Sondre Lerche.

Ideas for the midterm

For your midterm paper assignment due Oct. 6, I’d like you to focus on a blogger or a website incorporating key elements of digital culture (remember the Deuze reading) and social media (think Web 2.0)—in essence, open-source sort of sensibilities. If you’re looking for ideas, you can find some by digging through these sites:


trade journals like CJR, AJR or OJR

Center for Citizen Media

Nieman Reports‘ 2007 issue on hyperlocal news

and a list of the top 100 blogs as ranked by Technorati

or, if you’re still stumped, here are a few exciting sites worth a look: citizen coverage of the presidential campaign via Huffington Post’s OffTheBus, hyperlocal news and info via EveryBlock, “crowdfunded” journalism via, or get more ideas via

… And while we’re at it, here are some examples (in terms of writing style) of the kind of case studies I’d like you to write:

Handmade 2.0

Gawker Media

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