CLASS SCHEDULE – Spring 2015
The following schedule is a guide for the semester. Specific assignments and dates are subject to change. Check the class blog for updates. All assignment due dates are marked in bold.
Week 1 – Tues., Jan. 20 and Thurs., Jan. 22
-Course introduction and overview
-What is journalism? What makes online journalism unique?
-Thinking about your beat for the semester
-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.
-Start looking for a beat
Week 2 – Tues., Jan. 27 and Thurs., Jan 29
-Beat blogging: What is it?
-Ethics talk: Permission, waivers, plagiarism, copyright, fair use and Creative Commons
-Pitch your beat in class
-Read HuffingtonPost (news blog of the week)
-Read JournalismNext Chapter 1 – “We are all digital workers now,” but skip section on Web design
-Read JournalismNext Chapter 2 – “Blogging for better journalism”
-Read the Cyberjournalist.net’s Blogger Code of Ethics
-Pick a beat to cover for the semester and get it approved by instructor
Week 3 – Tues., Feb. 3 and Thurs., Feb. 5
-WordPress.com vs. WordPress.org
-Highlighting a few aspects of WordPress.com’s CMS
-Common types of blog posts
-Read Uwishunu (news blog of the week)
-Blog Set Up and Post 1 (Introduction) due by Sun., Feb. 8 at 10 p.m.
Week 4 – Tues., Feb. 10 and Thurs., Feb. 12
-Checking in on student blog lists
-Tips for writing for the web
-Writing web headlines
-Leads and nutgraphs
-Read TechnicallyPhilly (news blog of the week)
-Read JournalismNext Chapter 3 – “Crowd-powered collaboration”
-Read JournalismNext Chap 10 – “Managing news as a conversation”
-Post 2: Aggregation and Post 3: Free Choice due by Sun., Feb. 15 at 10 p.m
Grading Period #1
Week 5 – Tues., Feb. 17 and Thurs., Feb. 19
-Social media and journalism
-Intro to simple web analytics
-Intro to basic HTML/CSS
-Read Buzzfeed (news blog of the week)
-Read JournalismNext Chap 11 – “Building a digital audience for news”
-Read JournalismNext Chapter 4 – “Microblogging and social media”
-Read JournalismNext Chap 1 – Section on Web design
-Post 4: Q & A with Photo due by Sun. Feb. 22 at 10 p.m.
Week 6 – Tues., Feb. 24 and Thurs., Feb. 26
-Bring camera to class for in-class photo exercise
-Incorporating photography into your reporting
-Read NYTimes.com Lens blog (news blog of the week)
-Read JournalismNext Chapter 6 – “Visual storytelling with photographs”
-Post 5: Free Choice due by Sun. March 1 at 10 p.m.
Grading Period #2
Week 7 – Tues., March 3 and Thurs., March 5
-Bring audio recorder and headphones to class for in-class exercise
-Audio gathering and editing (2 days)
-Read an NPR blog of your choosing (news blog of the week)
-Read JournalismNext Chapter 7 – “Making audio journalism visible”
-Post 6: Photo Gallery due by Sun. March 8 at 10 p.m.
Week 8 – Tues., March 10 and Thurs., March 12
-Extra-credit quiz on reading (worth 15 points)
-Audio and/or HTML workday
–Post 7: Audio Interview and Photo due by Sun., March 15 at 10 p.m.
-Codeacademy.com HTML/CSS exercises due by Sun., March 15 at 10 p.m.
Grading Period #3
SPRING BREAK – March 16-20
Week 9 – Tues., March 24 and Thurs., March 26
-Mid-semester check in
-Infographics and data visualizations
-Read Vox (news blog of the week)
-Read JournalismNext Chap 5 – “Going Mobile”
-Read JournalismNext Chap 9 – “Data driven journalism and digitizing your life”
-Post 8: Free Choice due by Sun., March 29 at 10 p.m.
Week 10 – Tues., March 31 and Thurs., April 2
-Bring video cameras and headphones to class for in-class video exercise
-Intro to web video journalism
-Read Vice (news blog of the week)
-Read JournalismNext Chapter 8 – “Telling stories with video”
-No posts this week (Easter/Passover weekend)
Grading Period #4
Week 11 – Tues., April 7 and Thurs., April 9
-Post 9: Live Blog or Infographic due Sun., April 12 at 10 p.m.
Week 12 – Tues., April 14 and Thurs., April 16
-Final Project Overview
-Extra-credit quiz on reading (worth 10 points)
-Where do we go from here? The future of online journalism and you
-Post 10: Free Choice due Sun., April 19
Week 13 – Tues., April 21 and Thurs., April 23
-Catch up and Workdays
-Post 11: Video due by Sun., April 26 at 10 p.m.
Week 14 – Tues., April 28 and Thurs., April 30
-Work on Final Project
FINALS WEEK – May 6-12
-Post 12: Final Project due at end of Final Exam period
-Post 13: Farewell Post due at end of Final Exam period
Final Grading Period
Graduation – Thursday, May 14 – Woo Hoo!