Digital Journalism

COM466 – University of Washington

Week 1 – Wednesday

Week 1: Introduction and Framing
Subtitle: Getting Past The Doom and Gloom


  • Link blogs on student page
  • Add students to course blog

WordPress Workshop

Required settings:

  • Make the name (separate from your login) distinctive (not Com466!). This setting is found under options – general
  • Change the time (settings-general) to [-8] Greenwich Mean Time so that we all have the same timestamp
  • Create the following categories (posts – categories). We will be categorizing all of our blog entries

    • Assignment
    • Reading

Recommended settings

  • Make the blog public but not included in search engines or public listings (unless you want the outside world – strangers – to easily view your blog!) – This setting is found under options – privacy
  • To avoid spam, enable Users must be registered and logged in to comment – This setting is found under options – discussion

Additional Customization

  1. Edit the existing comment (Comments) by unapproving the existing comment. How does this change the appearance of the administration page? How does it change the appearance of the blog post?
  2. Edit the existing post. (Posts – edit pages). Paste the answer the above questions in the body of the existing (Hello, World) blog post. Change its title/subject. Categorize the blog post assignment (click the tick mark for assignment – Categories are in the right margin)
  3. Edit the blogroll (Links)
  4. Change the design (presentation tab) Experiment! Be sure your design shows this minimum set of sidebar widgets. You can change the elements in the sidebars by playing around with the widgets.
    • Archives
    • Categories
    • Links (the blogroll)
    • Pages
    • Recent comments
    • Recent posts

Links and Notes


Assignments for Monday:

  1. Media Consumption Survey
    Keep a journal of your normal “news” consumption habits for three days (TH, FR, SA) by publishing a blog post at the end of each day. (You may want to start a draft early in the day and update it as the day goes on. Or you may prefer to make notes on paper. Whatever works for you!) In the blog post, write about the kinds of stories you read/watched/listened to each day; how much of the story did you “consume”? What were your sources (please provide URLs to online news sources)? How much time did you spend? On Sunday, read through the three posts; do you see patterns or themes? What have you learned about yourself?
    This assignment will result in four blog posts.
  2. Read: Cluetrain Manifesto home page (overview and 95 theses) and Chapter 2 of Journalism 2.0 (pdf). In a blog post (due by 8 am Monday) reflect on these two readings. How do the two readings relate to one another? What are the implications for news — from your perspective as a consumer and as a producer of information?
    This assignment will result in one blog post.

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One Response

  1. tlfuller says:

    I already messed up. I didn’t write down what stories I read/heard. The problem is, most of my news consumption m-f is live in the news room while I intermittently check news on my BlackBerry or online; the rest of the day is listening to news radio between jobs. Both areas make jour
    very difficult since I’m working and\or driving. Tomorrow however, I’m likely to read the paper. How would you like me to proceed?

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