Subtitle: Picking The Medium That Best Tells The Story
How do we “tell a story” in hyperspace? And what, exactly, is a news story? (Writing for Mass Media 101)
- Housekeeping (review assignments)
- Skills/Lecture: news judgment
- Discussion: changing media environment
- Demo/Lab: WP and Twitter
- Assignment Summary
- Exemplary reading posts: Marci (leads with story + photo), Marcy (ties to personal knowledge) Mia (notice how she links to the readings), Rowdy (summary/reflection), Shane (ties to personal knowledge), Stephanie (notice how she links to each reading)
- Nicely done NewsU posts : Bryden, Shane, Sommer
- Resource/Post-class note: how to create a new blog post and insert images
- Resource: NetVibes
Skills/Lecture: News Judgment
- Lecture (PPT, slideshare)
- Exercise: Working in small groups, develop a checklist for evaluating the “news” that crosses your computer screen. Have someone in the small group act as recorder and summarize your findings in a comment on this blog post; list the names of the people in the group.
- Basic News Writing (pdf)
- What Is Newsworthy (slideshare)
- Writing In The Media Environment (book chapter)
In small groups, discuss last week’s readings about the economics of the news business. Find three points of agreement. Brainstorm possible revenue streams. Have someone in the small group act as recorder and summarize your findings in a comment on this blog post; list the names of the people in the group. We’ll regroup and have a short class discussion.
Lab Demo/Reminders: WordPress
- Recap: Comment moderation – off!
Dashboard -> Settings -> Discussion -> moderation setting (screen grab)
Moderate the placeholder (delete) and any pending comment from us
Dashboard -> Comments
- Comments: make sure they are enabled
Dashboard -> Settings -> Discussion (screen grab)
Remember to categorize each post so that “uncategorized” doesn’t reappear
Dashboard -> Posts -> Categories
– edit “Uncategorized” and rename as “Miscellaneous”
– add “Assignments” and “Reading” and “Projects”
Lab Demo/Assignment: Twitter (ppt)
Recap: @, D, RT, #
Before Class : Wednesday at noon
Find and follow an additional six (6) people related to digital journalism : this means that everyone should be following a minimum of 40 (new) accounts (24 + 10 + 6)
- Blog post:
List (hyperlink the name) the six accounts you are following with a short explanation of who they are / why (feel free to copy/paste their bio if it contains all relevant info). Category: assignment; tag: Twitter, journalism. Example post. The blog post serves as a permanent record of your resource.
- Twitter and Blog Post:
Find one article about Twitter & journalism and one about writing news stories. Write a short blog post about each article (snappy headline, summary, link to the article) and then tweet each blog post (two blog posts, two tweets). Category: assignment; tag: both – journalism, resource; one – Twitter. On the tweets, remember to include our hashtag and use a URL shortener: #com466 | This exercise mirrors the write/promote workflow that is today’s newsroom.
Before Class : Monday at noon
- Read: CH 1, Journalism 2.0 (pdf)
- Complete this NewsU tutorial on ethics
- Module 1 (Why … Accuracy and Fairness) — which of the six case studies resonated the most with you and why? which has the most relevance to this course and why?
- Module 2 (Doing… ) — what can you do to incorporate the 10 questions into your work this quarter? where might your “gut” steer your wrong?
- Module 3 (Guiding…) — how might digital transparency impact these principals? what are some examples (other than these three) of online ethical issues?