Friday, February 13, 2009

SPJ Region 9 Conference approaches

CSU's award-winning chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists is gearing up for its annual road trip to the SPJ Region 9 conference. Only this year, they get to go farther than Denver because the conference is in Salt Lake City.

The two -day conference starts Friday afternoon, April 3 and continues through Saturday, April 4. If you're interested in making the trip with the CSU group, contact Valerie Hisam at or Holly Wolcott at

The conference theme is "Evolution: Journalism is Changing; Be a part of the Digital Revolution."

You can also find out more by hitting up the Utah SPJ blog.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Some audio tips from Mindy McAdams

Mindy McAdams from the University of Florida (my master's degree alma mater) today posted a great set of instructions on editing audio for podcasts.

This comes on the heels of a post about buying an audio recorder that works.

These are the third and fourth posts of her series "Reporter's Guide to Multimedia Proficiency," which is where we hope we're all headed in this class.

Her entire blog is a great resource for everybody.

Getting ready for the mid-term

As I mentioned earlier this week, the mid-term exam is set for March 11, and it will take the entire 1 hour, 50 minutes of the class.

It will consist of three questions, all of which you will respond to.

You will be answering questions about all of the topics to that point in the course, including the future of journalism online, the impact of online journalism on traditional media, media convergence, citizen journalism and blogging.

I will spend more time in March specifically getting you ready for that exam, so don't sweat the small stuff.

In the meantime, it is your job to peruse articles posted here, linked to from my Twitter page, posted to RamCT and anywhere else you might be able to find on these fantabulous Inter-Tubes. There's a million of 'em.

Here's another fine example, summarizing many ideas we've already heard about.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Former Time editor advocates charging for newspaper content

Aspen Institute director Walter Isaacson, formerly the managing editor at Time, is on a media blitz with his idea to save newspapers, or more specifically, the system of reporting provided by traditional newspapers.

He has written an article for Time and appeared on The Daily Show yesterday, pushing his idea of charging for newspaper content on the Web, much as iTunes charges using for downloading songs.

Our guest on Wednesday, Steve Outing, likely will have a few ideas on this, so read and watch.