Monthly Archives: September 2013

Reading Response #4 – Journalists and Journalism

1. This week’s chapter title asks a question.  Based on the reading and your experiences with blogs (reading and writing them), are bloggers citizen journalists?

2. Melissa Wall’s comments cited in the chapter brought to mind a quote by the former co-owner of The Washington Post, Philip Graham.  He said, “Journalism is the first draft of history.”  Think about how news blogs, Facebook, Tumblr, instagram, vine postings, tweets etc – and any other social media platform being used by news organizations now and in the future may impact journalism and therefore the writing of the historical draft.

Don’t forget to post your responses by the Tuesday 10/1 @ 11:59p deadline.

Reading Response #3 – Microblogging

For this week you read the Mark Briggs chapter on “Microblogging.”   You each are microblogging all semester by using tumblr.  You tweeted reports during the Robert McChesney talk and perhaps this isn’t the first time you’ve covered an event via twitter. Here are some questions to think and write about as you reflect on the journalistic use of microtools: What’s your reaction to this microblogging process as a journalistic tool?  Did you cover aspects of the McChesney event differently because you were tweeting rather than writing a long text piece or a story for broadcast?  How can you improve your tumblr posts and tweets?  How do you feel about using other microtools such as vines and instagram videos as journalistic tools? Does using all these simple, flexible and intimate microtools undermine the fundamental tenets of good journalism?   Are there other microtools you are currently using or plan to use?

Don’t forget to post your responses by the Tuesday 9/24@11:59p deadline.

Reading Response #2 – Blogging

I assigned the chapter, Blogs, Communities and Networks in the book Blogging by Jill Walker Rettberg, because of your blogging assignments (your individual Tumblr postings and comments here) and because most, if not all of you, use social media in your everyday lives.  This chapter is available as an e-chapter at the Course Reserves link on Blackboard.

1. From this chapter, what material such as social network theory, colliding networks, etc. resonated with you and why?

2. What are some of the take away points can you apply to your media criticism blog postings/comments on this blog and/or your general approach to blogging from the NewsU tumblr webinar?

Don’t forget to post your responses by the Tuesday 9/17@11:59p deadline.

Reading Response #1 – State of the News Media 2013

For your first reading response assignment, please read The Pew Research Center’s annual report –  The State of the News Media 2013.  Pay particular attention to: Overview; the special report – Americans Show signs of leaving a News Outlet; and Digital Developments.

http://stateofthemedia.org/

By Tuesday 9/10 @11:59p, you should post a response to the readings here. Your comment should be at least 3 but no more than 5 paragraphs in length. Your response should include both a brief summary of important points made in the reading, as well as your perspective about the statements that the Overview, special report and Digital Developments sections make about the future of journalism. You may also refer to and/or respond to previous student posts.