Monthly Archives: October 2013

Reading Response #8 – MacMillan and Webb

Last Tuesday you heard from social media journalist and co-founder of Gun Violence Project, Jim MacMillan.  What’s your main take away from MacMillan’s talk as it relates to the future of journalism – perhaps even your career future?

This week you read about Amy Webb’s account of her 2006 digital diet where she stayed away from “traditional forms of media.”  Things have changed so much in just 7 years.  Put yourself on an imaginary diet where you turn off all your technology and have to rely on “traditional forms of media.”   What do you observe?  Are you informed?  Can you do it for a sustained period of time?

Don’t forget to post your responses by the Tuesday 10/29 @11:59p deadline.

Reading Response #7- the legacy of Steve Jobs

1. The Poynter article “How Steve Jobs changed (but didn’t save) journalism” quotes a source who said Jobs “believes democracy is hinged on a free press and that depends on there being a professional press.”  But don’t his inventions encourage anyone to function as a journalist?

2. An ONA speaker on the 5th Estate panel said many people are “doing journalism” who aren’t trained as journalists, so we need to make sure that journalism tools are accessible to all.  Do you agree?  Isn’t this what Jobs’ inventions are doing – providing the tools?

3. Did Steve Jobs narrow or widen the “digital divide?”  Explain.

Don’t forget to post your responses by the Tuesday 10/22 @ 11:59p deadline.

Reading response #6-Newsgames

This week you read the first two and last chapters of the book, NewsGames: Journalism at Play.  The author argues that newsgames offer a new way of thinking about the news and can be a valuable contribution when embraced as a viable method of practicing journalism. Play some of the games mentioned in the three chapters such as the Persuasive Games (founded by the author Ian Bogost) mentioned in Chapter 9.  A few game examples and other resources can be found at:

Also, a quick look at the Persuasive Games website shows some of the election games developed that are no longer available:

Are newsgames really a viable way of practicing journalism? (The author cites a few missteps in Chapter 2)  Can newsgames embrace the traditional tenets of journalism – accuracy, objectivity, timeliness, etc?  Should they?  Why the seeming resistance to this form of storytelling as discussed by the author in Chapter 9?  Can/should newsgames be a realistic part of the future of journalism?

Don’t forget to post your responses by the Tuesday 10/15 @ 11:59p deadline.

Reading Response #5 – the future of journalism

You read the Future of Blogging chapter by Jill Walker Rettberg. She discusses the video EPIC 2014.  There’s also an updated version EPIC 2015. View both.  Obviously not everything predicted in 2004/2005 when the videos were produced have or will come to pass by 2014/2015 the way they were forecast but some of the concepts have.  Rettberg says used well, the customization services described in both videos might be more powerful – and I’d argue appealing – than traditional newspapers and TV.  Reflect on the readings to date, this future EPIC world as portrayed in the videos, your experiences with social media including your class tweeting and the lectures attended.  What’s the future for media consumers?  For journalists?  Are the futures compatible?What can you do as a journalist-in-training to prepare for your predicted industry future?

Post your comment by Tuesday 10/8 @11:59p.