Week 1

In Class:
-Introductions
-Download a pdf version of the syllabus
-Course overview
-Assignments and Grading
-Equipment
-What are we talking about when we talk about journalism? What makes online journalism unique?
-Thinking about your beat for the semester

Assignments:
-Read JournalismNext – Forward and Intro
-Browse the list of winners of the 2014 Online News Association Awards. Come to class ready to talk about one particular entry.

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Welcome to Online Journalism I – Fall 2014

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
This course examines the online news landscape. Students learn which principles of traditional journalism can and should be applied to the web, and what makes online journalism unique. Students gain this knowledge through reading assignments, class discussion and activities, and a series of reporting, writing and multimedia production assignments.

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

  • Explore the unique challenges, opportunities, ethical and legal issues of digital journalism.
  • Author a news-oriented blog on a well-defined beat or coverage area.
  • Write blog posts with effective headlines, writing, structure, links and key words.
  • Use social media as a tool for reporting and audience engagement.
  • Gain practical knowledge of basic HTML/CSS.
  • Become proficient in basic multimedia reporting and production, including how to tell a story using text, links, photos, audio, video, information graphics and data visualizations.
  • Produce an online publication with original reporting and multimedia content that is suitable for internship, freelance and job applications.

TEACHING METHODS:
Students will practice online journalism in this course. Practice, in this case, means developing journalistic skills to cover a topic for a real audience, not just fulfilling a school assignment. Students will select a topic or beat to cover for the semester. Each student will create a blog and then report, write and create multimedia content to cover that topic. All assignments will be posted online for anyone to read. Students will build an online audience. I will serve as an editorial advisor and give the same responses, instruction and suggestions that I would give to a professional journalist. This course stresses journalistic ethics, writing for online media, and basic multimedia reporting and production.

Download a pdf version of the syllabus.

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Finals Week

FINALS WEEK:
For 12:15 p.m. class:

For 1:45 p.m. class:

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Final Week

Blog presentations on Tues. and Thurs.

FINALS WEEK:
For 12:15 p.m. class:

For 1:45 p.m. class:

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Week 13

This Week:
-Post 14: Farewell Post due at the end of final exam
-What do I do with my blog at the end of the semester?
-Final Project examples
-Blog presentation talking points. Sign up for a slot to present in class next week.
-So What? My last Online Journalism list
-Course evaluation

-Thursday is a workday. Come take the extra credit quiz and bring something to work on (free post or video to edit)

Assignments:
-Extra-credit quiz on chapters 6, 7, 8, 9 on Thursday, April 24 
-Post 11: Free Post due Sunday, April 27 at 10 p.m.
-Post 12: Video due Sunday, April 27 at 10 p.m.

Next Week:
-Blog presentations. Nothing due.

FINALS WEEK:
For 12:15 p.m. class:

For 1:45 p.m. class:

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Post 14: Farewell Post

Blog Post 14: Farewell Post (worth 25 points) is due at the end of your final exam period.

1. Write a final farewell post letting your readers know you are ending your project. If you are going to continue on your own, let readers know that and what to expect in the future.

2. Write a paragraph about what you learned in the process of creating this publication. You can use this to help you with your class presentation.

3. Link to your five best posts.

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Blog Presentations – April 29 and May 1

Blog presentations will take place in on Tuesday, April 29 and Thursday, May 1.

Worth 25 points (15 points for your presentation/10 points for participation at both sessions)

Each student will have about 5 minutes to present her/his work to the class. You should talk about the highlights of your work during the semester, the challenges, what you learned, and advice you would give to others students or journalists who undertake similar projects. Prepare what you want to say. (See talking points below)

Here is the schedule:

Tuesday, April 29 – 12:15 class
Sam
Maria
Ally
Dan
Hayley
Anika
Melissa Castrogiovanni
Grace
Michelle

Tuesday, April 29 – 1:45 class
Jeremy
Tony
Melissa Calamari
Bianca
Meghan
Carly
Lauren
Nora

Thursday, May 1 – 12:15
Breana
Kai
Stephen
Christian
Abby
Casey
Chantal
Ray
Danielle

Thursday, May 1 – 1:45 class
Stephen
Gabby
Stephanie
Dylan
Jahna
Alexandria
Ryan
Ashley

Suggested talking points:
-Remind us of your blog subject and the “beat” you covered.
-Give a quick overview of the types of stories you covered. (But don’t scroll through every post).
-Talk about one success. What are you most proud of?
-Talk about one thing that didn’t turn out so well. What was a disaster?
-How much traffic did you get to your site? Anything unusual or unique in your traffic?
-Tell us one thing you learned about the subject you covered.
-Tell us one thing you learned about journalism in the process of covering your subject.

Also: Pitch your final project idea as part of your blog presentation. Answer the following questions:
1. What is your story idea?
2. How you will go about it? Research? Reporting? Events? Sources?
3. How will you present the story?

Your presentation will be graded on your preparation, your evaluation of your own work, and your participation in the class while others are giving their presentations. You must attend both presentation sessions to get full credit.

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