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Weekend assignment: Learn

Because social media tools are a part and parcel of today’s online journalism (whether to find sources, promote your work, or listen to the community), many of our “weekend assignments” (see the syllabus for the explainer if you’re confused about those) will involve learning something new about the social web.

We’ll begin with social bookmarking—in particular, Delicious. If you need a refresher after my overview in class, try this:

Your assignment:

1. Bookmark at least 10 articles of interest to you.

2. Use the “share” function to share some of those articles with others (e.g., via Twitter, or look for a Facebook integration)

3. Just experiment, explore, and have fun getting familiar with this tool.

4. Post a comment to include a link to your public Delicious feed.

p.s. We may get back to this later in the term when talking about link journalism, but check out Publish2—it’s like Delicious built for journalists.

YouTube, social media, and digital culture

NOTE: Now updated to reflect new dates.

In lieu of class Thursday (11/12), I’m going to ask you to watch the series of videos below (it’ll take you just more than an hour) and write a roughly 300-word response in which you connect Michael Wesch’s ideas with journalism and its emerging forms online. Please post your response in the comments section before Tuesday’s class (11/17).

These clips will serve as a good entree into our discussion next Thursday of online video and how it can be incorporated into your group blogs.
The question is, as the production and global dissemination of video has become ridiculously cheap and easy, what kind of implications does that have for visuals in (professional and amateur) journalism? How about for democracy in general and the press’ traditional role in mediating political messages? Continue reading ‘YouTube, social media, and digital culture’

Fall 2009 class blogs

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Digital media strategies and ethics

In today’s class, we covered two big topics: strategies for writing and producing online, and the ethical issues related to using others’ work on your blogs and beyond. For the first part, see the previous post on Paul Bradshaw’s “basics”; for the second, see the following PowerPoints (and follow the links, for clarification in some places):

So, if you missed class today, I recommend brushing up on these for review.

The basics of online journalism

Paul Bradshaw, an instructor in the U.K. and creator of the must-read Online Journalism Blog, has put together a handy guide to principles of multimedia journalism—with especially good tips for building blogs.

We just covered the presentation above in today’s class. I would recommend that you check out the rest of his how-to PowerPoints—which, by the way, are excellent examples of the way to do a PowerPoint, much like Guy Kawasaki’s 10-20-30 rule.

For Thursday, I’d like you to build on what we learned today by skimming through the whole series of BASIC principles of online journalism:

Please respond in the comments section with your impressions on the series. What did you most find interesting, enlightening, novel … and why?

What Would Google Do? (part 3)

Now that the Knight News Challenge project is done (whew!), with a couple months for polishing those applications ahead of the new Dec. 15 deadline, it’s time to finish Jeff Jarvis’ book before we get into the big blogging project.

Please finish the reading (p. 119-144), and in the comments section give us your final impressions on the book. Put particular emphasis on the chapter on media; which of the Google rules there feel most applicable (or least), and why? Try to pull this three-part reading together and give us a synthesis of the key takeaway for young journalists today. What do you need to do now?

Get this done by 8 p.m. Monday. Thanks.

What Would Google Do? (part 2)

For your reading of pages 70-118, finishing off the “Google Rules” section, think about how you would pull together this first half of the book—how would you explain it to a friend? Which of the Google Rules seems most radical, surprising, or otherwise, in your opinion? And how are these rules related to journalism and media? (Our part 3 of this reading will take up the chapter on media, but I’d like to hear your speculations now…)

Please respond in the comments section by class Thursday.

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