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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Links to class blogs-Fall 2015

I would suggest you keep track of what everyone else in the class is doing. I have supplied links to the blogs of everyone in the class so you can find them easily.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Linking Exercise

Your editor has asked you to write a brief  backgrounder presenting the contrasting points of view about a controversial topic. He/she wants you to write a 300-500 word synopsis which includes at least 6 links in the text which represent background, context or some other interesting information he/she should know.  Please post your synopsis on your blog site by 5pm on September 14th. Then post links on the class Facebook page and on Twitter with the appropriate hashtag.  Be prepared to talk about the links you chose and the topic in general on Monday night.

Here is an example from a previous class for you to peruse.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Blogging, Online Sources and Linking

As promised, here are your viewing and reading assignments for next Monday.

First, take a look at this video about mobile journalism. It reiterates a lot of what we already discussed but I thought you might like to see another point of view.


For Monday I would like you to read these brief articles related to writing blogs, evaluating online sources and the use of linking in your blog posts.

Here is a blog post with some informal advice about writing good blog posts.  10 Tips for Writing a Blog Posts

Here is a pdf with a convenient check list for evaluating online sources that you might use. We will talk more about online research and online sources in class. Evaluating Online Sources

Here are some brief articles about the use of linking. Read them and come to class with an opinion about the use of linking in online journalism. Here are the links:  Why we link: a brief rundownIs linking to news journalism?What Every journalist needs to know about linking.

Monday, August 24, 2015

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First Blog Post Assignment

BLOG PAGE: Each student must establish and maintain a blog page. You can start a blog page for free on this site: Blogger.  Here is a link to a brief tutorial on how to initially set up your account. There are other websites that allow you to start a blog but Blogger coordinates well with other Google related websites and is the easiest to setup and manage. The first blog should contain some basic information about you and why you are interested in new-media journalism and this class. Take the time to give your blog an interesting name and use the templates provided to make it look attractive. Once you have written your first blog entry please post a link with an appropriate headline on the class Facebook page and on Twitter with the hashtag #nmjatsru. (If you have not done so you will have to establish Facebook and a Twitter account prior to concluding this assignment.) The deadline for having your first blog entry online is 5 pm on Monday, Aug, 31st . The first blog should include, at a minimum, these links:
*Link to SRU home page
*Link to your Facebook page
*Link to your Twitter page
*Link to a significant traditional media outlet (Give a brief explanation of your choice)
*Link to a significant new-media outlet (Give a brief explanation of your choice)
I would suggest you include at least one photo of yourself to make the blog entry more personal. In general, I am looking for informative, entertaining writing with facts used to back up opinions. For the purpose of the general blog entries I want you to write in a conversational style but don't ignore traditional rules of grammar, spelling and story structure. This blog is an opportunity for you to practice "community" journalism, not just spout off about your life. Although not required, I encourage you to post blog entries in addition to the ones required for class because more active blogs will attract more traffic and a bigger audience. Here is an example from a former class that will give you an idea of what I am looking for: The Keyboard is my Microphone
25 points

Online syllabus for New Media Journalism

The term “new-media” implies something that is constantly changing and evolving and that is certainly true for this class. This semester we are going to conduct an experiment in “backpack journalism” or what some would call “mobile” journalism. The focus will be on reporting, observing and recording stories that are disseminated through the use of “new-media” techniques. Backpack journalism means that your tools will be only a small digital video camera, hopefully a laptop, and your brains. The emphasis will be on breaking news, on-the-scene reports and the use of social media and blogs to tell the story. 


Online Reading assignments will be given weekly on the blog. You are expected to follow the blog and be ready to discuss assigned readings.

Here are your reading assignments for Monday, August 24th. Please be ready to discuss all these articles.
If you absolutely must have a hard copy of the syllabus--click here.

Course Assignments and Requirements:
 (More detailed descriptions will be posted online as the class progresses. While there is no book in this class you will need to purchase an SDHC digital memory card. I suggest getting one with the capacity of 16 or 32 gigabytes,)

BLOG PAGE/FACEBOOK/TWITTER/YOUTUBE: Social media is becoming an ever increasing outlet for media organizations. As part of the class you will be required to establish a blog page, Facebook account, Twitter account, YouTube account and photo storage account. Part of your job is to market the work done in the class by the use of social media.
          25 points

ONLINE SOURCES/LINKING EXERCISE:  Linking to external sources can be a wonderful resource for a journalist but it also has its hazards. This exercise requires the students to think about the proper way of using links to tell their story.
          25 points

 PHOTO BLOG ENTRY & VIDEO BLOG ENTRY: Students must take digital photos and videos and upload the content to the web and their blog.
          50 points each

 MAPPING: Each student will take digital photos and videos of a breaking or ongoing news event and embed them into a digital map that helps readers visualize the physical parameters of the news story.
          100 points

TIMELINE: Each student will create a timeline of an event or a person’s life with the online application Dipity.
           100 points

VIDEO EMBEDDING: Each student will take digital photos and videos of a breaking or ongoing news event. They will edit these videos together to create a video bed that they will then embed into the ThingLink website to add links, photos and maps to add additional information.
           125 points

3 HOUR JOURNALISM CHALLENGE: Each student will have three hours to find, shoot and produce a story with video, photos and text. The student must have the completed story up on their blog and then market the story through Facebook, Twitter, etc. within a three hour period.
          125 points

MAPPING/TIMELINE/VO: Each student will use a digital camera to take videos and photos of a news event that lends itself to documentation through mapping and timeline documentation. They will use Meograph to document the timeline of the event, map its various locations and add video, photos and voiceover for context.
          150 points

WEB BIOGRAPHY: Each student must create a multimedia biography of an interesting individual. The biography must contain video and photographs, hyperlinks and text of  between 1250 to 1500 words. You may also use any of the other multimedia tools we have used previously in class.
          250 points

EXTRA CREDIT: For every “breaking news” photo, video or story posted on your blog outside of the established assignments you will receive 10 points if I deem the post worthy of bonus points—all decisions are final.

Week#/Reading & Writing assignments
(Online Reading assignments will be given weekly on the blog. You are expected to follow the blog and be ready to discuss assigned readings. This schedule may be adjusted at the instructor’s will.)

Week 1/Aug. 24-Intro. to Course/Future of Journalism

Week 2/ Aug. 31-Use of Online Sources/Linking


Week 3/ Sept.14-Multimedia and User-Generated Content

Week 4/ Sept.21- Mapping Demo

Week 5/ Sept.28-Work on Mapping Assignment


Week 6/ Oct. 12-Work on Timeline

Week 7/ Oct. 19-Video Embedding Demo

Week 8/ Oct. 26-Work on Video Embedding

Week 9/ Nov. 2-Legal & Ethical Issues

Week 10/ Nov. 9-3 Hour Journalism Challenge

Week 11/ Nov. 16-Mapping/Timeline/VO Demo and Proposals

Week 12/ Nov. 23-Work on Mapping/Timeline/VO

Week 13/ Nov. 30- Web Biography proposals

Week 14/ Dec. 7- Work on Web Biographies

Finals Week-Final BLOG entries due
FINAL- Fri. Dec. 11 6:00 – 8:00