Week 7

In Class:
-Comment on other blogs
-Tips for incorporating photos into your reporting
-Tips for improving your smartphone photography
-Basic tips for better portraits
-Bring camera/phone and connection cord to class for in-class photo exercise
-In class photo editing and caption exercise

Assignments:
-News blog of the week – NYTimes.com’s Lens
-Read JournalismNext Chapter 1 – p. 26-39 on HTML/CSS
-Read JournalismNext Chapter 6 – “Visual storytelling with photographs”
-Read JournalismNext Chapter 7 – “Making audio journalism visible”
-Post 6: Photo Gallery  due March 8 at 10 p.m. (50 points)

Looking ahead:
-Post 6: Photo Gallery and Post 7: Free Post due before you leave for Spring Break
-Extra-credit quiz on Thursday, March 12 will cover:

  • Blogs we have discussed in class: Huffington Post, Uwishunu, Technically Philly, BuzzFeed, and Lens
  • JournalismNext – Forward and Intro
  • JournalismNext Chapter 1 – “We are all digital workers now”
  • JournalismNext Chapter 2 – “Blogging for better journalism”
  • Cyberjournalist.net’s Blogger Code of Ethics
  • JournalismNext Chapter 3 – “Crowd-powered collaboration”
  • JournalismNext Chapter 4 – “Microblogging and social media”
  • JournalismNext Chapter 6 – “Visual storytelling with photographs”
  • JournalismNext Chapter 7 – “Making audio journalism visible”
  • JournalismNext Chap 10 – “Managing news as a conversation”
  • JournalismNext Chap 11 – “Building a digital audience for news”
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Tips for incorporating photos into your reporting

“Often, reporters find themselves in the middle of something newsworthy or interesting, so basic photography skills are critical for anyone who considers herself or himself a journalist.” – JournalismNext

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Week 6

In Class:
-Discuss Buzzfeed (news blog of the week) Find one post you think is a good example of their “combining traditional reporting and experimental methods of social distribution.”
-Intro to simple web analytics
-Social media and journalism
-Basic overview of HTML/CSS

Assignments:
-Either Post 4: Q & A with Photo OR Post 5: Free Choice (whichever you didn’t do last week) due March 1 at 10 p.m.

Looking ahead:
-Post 6: Photo Gallery  due March 8 at 10 p.m. (50 points)
-Codecademy “Build a Website” Tutorial  due April 5 at 10 p.m. (100 points)

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Week 5

In Class
-Briefly discuss TechnicallyPhilly (news blog of the week)
-Common issues from Post 2 and 3
-Writing leads
-Intro to simple web analytics
-Social media and journalism

Assignments:
-Post 5: Free Choice due Sunday, Feb. 22 at 10 p.m.

Reading:
-Buzzfeed (news blog of the week). Make sure you check out their recent video of Pres. Obama. Here’s some background on the site. Buzzfeed set out to be the “first true social news organization – that is, an outfit built on the understanding that readers increasingly get and share their news on Twitter, Facebook, and other platforms.” Find one post you think is a good example of “combining traditional reporting and experimental methods of social distribution.” Come to class next Tuesday ready to talk about it.
-JournalismNext Chapter 3 – “Crowd-powered collaboration”
-JournalismNext Chap 10 – “Managing news as a conversation”
-JournalismNext Chap 11 – “Building a digital audience for news”
-JournalismNext Chapter 4 – “Microblogging and social media”

Looking ahead:
-Post 4: Q & A with Photo will be due Sunday, March 1 (50 points)

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Writing leads

After the headline, your lead – a simple, clear statement consisting of the first few sentences of your story – is the most important part of your article.

A lead must:

  • Pull the reader in.
  • Convey the basic information (who, what, where, when, why and how)
  • Include only the most important information
  • Tell the reader what is unusual or unique
  • Focus on people doing things
  • Tell reader why they should care
  • Be accurate

If your lead isn’t compelling, chances are your reader will go elsewhere.

There are many ways to craft a lead. Two of most common leads are 1.) the hard news (or inverted pyramid) lead and 2) the delayed (or anecdotal) lead.

A hard news lead answers the basic information: who, what, where, when and why in the first paragraph. It is usually short, often fewer than 25 words, unless you use two sentences.

A delayed lead often sets the stage with some concrete details, incorporates a good quote, or sets a scene before conveying the basic information.

Let’s look at some examples…

But there are also other ways to write a lead; for examples, see 10 Ways to Write a Great Lead.

In-class practice:

What: Bostonians are jumping out of window into giant snow banks and posting videos on social media. The mayor is concerned.

Where: Boston, Mass.

When: At press conference yesterday

Who: Boston Mayor Marty Walsh

Why: There are 8 foot snow drifts. People are going a little stir-crazy.

Quote: “This isn’t Loon Mountain, this is the city of Boston, where we’re trying to remove snow off of the street and it becomes very dangerous. And the last thing we want to do is respond to an emergency call where somebody jumped out of the window because they thought it was a funny thing to do,” Walsh said.

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Social media and the news

An overview:

How can journalists use social media? Using Twitter as example: 

You can ask the same question for other platforms…

How can you use social media to report, promote your work and connect with others who are passionate about your blog topic?

That’s for you to figure out.

What you do now is practice and experience for the future. 

For example, this Rowan graduate turned passion and experience in social media into a job.

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Week 4

In Class:
-Discuss Uwishunu (news blog of the week)
-Grading rubric or What I’m looking for in a blog post
-Common types of blog posts
-Tips for writing for the web
-Linking like a journalist
-Tags and Categories
-Writing headlines for web and mobile

Assignment:
Due Sunday, Feb. 15 by 10 p.m.:
-Post 2: Aggregation Post  (25 points)
-Post 3: Free Choice (25 points)

Reading:
-Read TechnicallyPhilly (news blog of the week)
-Read JournalismNext Chapter 3 – “Crowd-powered collaboration”
-Read JournalismNext Chap 10 – “Managing news as a conversation”

Looking ahead:
-Post 4: Q & A with Photo will be due Sunday, Feb. 22 (50 points)

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