More On The Changing Media Environment
- Discussion – Reading
- Discussion – Twitter Assignment
- Lab – WordPress
threefour of the five groups (18 of 22 students present) posted a comment about “tips for news consumption” on Monday’s blog post. :-/
- Class Time Commitment: a reminder that according to UW, 5-credit hour class should require about 15 hours a week (on average) including class time. This means about 10 hours a week outside of class. The nature of the multimedia assignments in this class is such that you will not be able to complete them in a single marathon session each week.
- Class Computer Skills Requirement: the class requires basic computer skills and an adventurous spirit. We will be learning basic fundamentals of three software tools (Audacity, Photoshop, MovieMaker/iMovie) and one web-tool (Slideshare). You must be comfortable with self-directed exploration of new software.
- Deadlines, per the syllabus and oral instruction: This is a journalism class. Deadlines are part of the journalism ethic/culture. Late assignments are not accepted after this week. Assignments are detailed on the blog post for each class session, and I review the assignments each session, where there is opportunity to ask questions during class.
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.
- The art of writing engaging tweets
- Summary – Twitter Follows : Spot check list with TwitterStats/Klout
- How did you find the journos to follow? How did you decide WHO to follow?
- How often are you checking into Twitter timeline?
- What did you learn while pulling together the link tweets? (note: most posts can be much shorter!)
- What is a content management system? Why WP is “more than a blog.”
- Headline reminder (must have, clever writing)
- Design -> no two column content themes, please (such as Under the Influence)
- COMMENT MODERATION! (someone still has moderation “on”)
- What are tags? (screen grab)
Dashboard -> Posts -> Tags
- About : edit the placeholder copy and tell us something about yourself.
Dashboard -> Pages
- Sidebar widgets: almost all themes have sidebars for info. Your blog should contain these widgets (at a minimum): categories, archives, meta
Dashboard -> Appearance -> Widgets (screen grab)
Due Monday at noon
- Reflective reading post based on CH 1, CH5 Journalism 2.0 (pdf)
- Complete this NewsU tutorial on ethics
Here are links to the two “404” articles on the Online News page:
Blog post answering these questions:
- 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?
- Continue tweeting (adding the #com466 hashtag) … at least five “link tweets” and one RT by noon Monday. No need to blog them!
- Twitter: you must upload a photo of yourself (no “avatars” or Twitter “egg”) and complete your bio.