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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?

A visual history of 11 successful blogs

… including some that you profiled for your midterm paper! Check it out.

Photos, fair use, and blogging

From today’s class … download the PowerPoint to get access to the links.

Blogging vs. Journalism

I don’t want to belabor this debate, but building on some things I’ve sprinkled during the first four weeks and pivoting off our guest speaker’s words today — did you notice how often she tried to differentiate blogging and journalism? — let’s hash this out Wednesday.

First, read Jay Rosen’s “classic” piece, “Bloggers vs. Journalists is Over,” which he wrote nearly four years ago (that seems like forever in Web years, no?). It captures the essence of this debate. Then, read his update from last week — “If Bloggers Had No Ethics Blogging Would Have Failed, But it Didn’t. So Let’s Get a Clue” — which focuses on ethics, trust, and the open-vs.-closed distinctions of blogging vs. journalism.

Finally, take a look at this month’s Columbia Journalism Review, which has this piece of interest: “The Bigger Tent: Forget Who is a journalist; the important question is, What is journalism?

What’s your take on this?

To clarify your blogging assignment …

… let’s have the following (at minimum) ready to go Friday:

• 4-5 posts, rich with links and interesting content;

• an RSS feed for your blog;

• photo(s) with caption(s);

• embedded video;

• a blogroll of related links and blogs;

• and at least 3 other widgets of interest (such as RSS feeds from others’ sites)

Remember, I’m looking for signs of effort and interest in your blog—show me you’re having fun! We’ll review, praise, and critique each other’s work on Friday.


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