Sunday, May 17, 2009

The Final Projects are done!

After a long and arduous semester, the students in JTC 326 (Online Writing and Journalism) have completed their collaborative multimedia projects.

One team focused on Fort Zed, a sustainable energy partnership between CSU and Fort Collins.

Another team wrote and recorded stories about how members of the Fort Collins community volunteer to help the world.

A third team took a pro-active public relations approach in warning readers about a campaign to fight melanoma.

And the final team wrote and produced story's about a CSU employee's fight against lymphoma.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Welcome summer students!

Here's a four-minute audio package created to welcome students in both versions of JTC 326 to the class.

Just as a short reminder, there's a traditional classroom version of the class during the four-week summer session (May 18 through June 12). That's Section 001.

There's also an online version of the course during the final eight weeks of summer (June 15 through August 7. That's section 801.

See you soon.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

A classic piece from "The Daily Show" on "The New Journalism"

Circa March 2005, Rob Corddry as Dino Ironbody blogs all over himself.

Somebody get a towel.

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PBS story highlights online journalists' role in new media landscape

A story aired last week on Public Broadcasting System's "NewsHour" that highlighted both the decreasing number of reporters working for newspapers and how their role is being taken up by online-only reporters.

"As Newspapers Cut Back, Online Reporters Step In," reported by Jeffrey Brown (clearly brilliant, despite the misspelling of his last name), aired April 13.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

The stretch run: class schedule weeks 10-16

Longer Podcasts, Standards, Law, and Ethics
Monday, March 30
Class: “Radio News Packages versus Online Audio News Packages"
Guest Instructor, Mario Caballero, KCSU-FM and Student Media
Lab: Audio Script Writing/Natural Sound Gathering/Package Planning

Wednesday, April 2
Class: Introduction to first Web site critique (legacy news sites vs. online only sites) due 4/15
Lab: Second audio project editing work

Monday, April 6
No class scheduled Lab open to work on audio editing, if needed

Wednesday, April 8
Class: “Legal and Ethical Issues Online”
Readings for class: "Diversity at Work: Rewriting the American Story" by Tom Huang
"RTNDA Survey: Women, Minorities Progress in TV Newsrooms" by Jill Geisler
"Legal and business advice for online publishers and bloggers" by Kim Pearson
Lab: Second audio project editing
Project is due before class April 13, posted on or linked from blog site

Multi-media Reporting and Design
Monday, April 13
Class: Introduction to in-depth cooperative “Multi-Media Reporting” and Planning Guide
Reading for class: Chapters 9, 10 and 11 from Briggs and "Multi-media Storytelling" by Jane Stevens
Lab : Form teams and brainstorm assignment

Wednesday, April 15
First Web site critique due
Story idea due
Readings for class: "Video Techniques" and "Standups and Voice-overs"

Monday, April 20
Class: “Basic Online Design Usability” with guest instructor Mike Gaede
Group outline/Package Planning Guide due

Wednesday, April 22
Introduction to second Web site critique assignment (multimedia packages) due 4/29
Newsroom: Groups meet after Web site critique assignment
Readings for class: "Google Map Basics" by Jerry Monti
"Map Mashup Resources" by Jerry Monti
"Using Spreadsheet Data in Google Maps and Google Earth" by Jerry Monti
Lab: Work on critique and/or group project

Monday, April 27
Class: Newsroom (Your group must meet at 1 p.m.)
Lab: Work on critique and/or group project

Wednesday, April 29
Second Web site critique due Class: Newsroom (Your group must meet at 1 p.m.)

Monday, May 4
Class: Newsroom (Your group must meet at 1 p.m.)
Class: Drafts of all materials due to instructor (page designs, written, video, audio, graphics, etc.) at the beginning of the class (1 p.m.)

Wednesday, May 6
Class: Newsroom (Your group must meet at 1 p.m.)
Presentations of multi-media projects: Q&A
Evaluations of class, peers and self

Each group leader must meet with instructor to review work before it is posted to Web.

All Multi-Media projects must be posted to the Web BEFORE the beginning of the final exam period on May 14 at 1:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 14, at 1:30 p.m.
to 3:30 p.m.
Open lab to work on final project

Monday, March 16, 2009

Seattle P-I goes Web only

The dominoes continue to fall in the printed newspaper business, but unlike The Rocky Mountain News and Scripps Howard, The Seattle Post-Intelligencer and parent company Hearst announced Monday they'd give a Web-only version of the P-I a try.

Tomorrow (Tuesday) will mark the final print edition of the 146-year-old paper, which was put up for sale in January. Hearst found no buyers, but instead of shutting down entirely, the P-I likely will significantly downsize its newsroom and continue as a hyper-local Web only publication.

This will be worth watching over the next several months to see if the P-I can make a go of it in that netherworld where newspapers save tons of money by cutting out the print product. But have they killed the golden goose at the same time?