Monthly Archives: November 2013

Reading Response #12 – Pulling it all together

1. Comment on to how author Mark Deuze (Chapter 5 – Journalism,  in Media Work) sees journalism today and in the future and how his views are similar or dissimilar to your own.
2. Based on all your work this semester – the readings, guest speakers, critique postings and assignments – what does it mean to be a journalist today? In the future?  I saw this use of a vine video on the news this week.
3. Based on your answer to #2, do you have suggestions for ways the Journalism department should tweak its curriculum for the next generation of journalists-in-training?
As usual, don’t answer in a vacuum but feel free to also comment on your classmates’ postings.

Don’t forget to post your responses by Tuesday 11/26 @11:59p.

Reading Response #11 – Conversing with your public

This week’s reading, Managing News as a Conversation, in Journalism Next by Mark Briggs discusses the socialization of news and how that’s good for journalists and journalism.  Briggs says among others, retired editor, Doug Feaver supports  “the anonymous, unmoderated, often appallingly inaccurate, sometimes profane, frequently off point and occasionally racist reader comments that allows to be published at the end of articles and blogs.”  Look at comments sections of and your favorite news site.  Do you agree these comment sections advance conversations among members of the public?  Do you think these public comments can have a chilling effect on the work produced by journalists? Explain your answers.

Don’t forget to post your responses by Tuesday 11/19 @11:59p.


Reading Response #10 – Participatory Journalism

In his chapter “Crowd-Powered Collaboration,” author Mark Briggs talks about the increasing participatory role of the public in the newsgathering process.  He quotes Clay Shirky who says about the evolving nature of journalism, “The change isn’t a shift from one kind of news institution to another but rather in the definition of news: from news as an institutional prerogative to news as part of a communications ecosystem, occupied by a mix of formal organizations, information collectives and individuals.”  This is the state of the 4th Estate but is this a good thing?

Don’t forget to post your responses by the Tuesday 11/12 @11:59 deadline.

Reading Response #9 – Webb Final thoughts and Mojo

1. Now that you’ve had a chance to process Amy Webb’s presentation, any additional thoughts or take aways?

2. It’s so important to know background.  Hence this week’s readings.  I asked you to read, “Mobile journalism (mojo) and journalism education” a paper I reviewed and discussed with the author, Stephen Quinn, at the 2010 World Journalism Education Conference in South Africa.  I assigned this paper because Quinn presents mobile journalism in a historical context and then discusses how mojo is changing the role of journalists, journalism and journalism education internationally.  I also assigned the chapter, “Not Your Father’s Educational Technology.”  It provides you with an historical perspective on this class mojo election project pre-FaceBook.  The 2010 mid-term election was the first time we used FaceBook.  Your reaction as you read the material.  Surprises? Pros and cons of mojo news gathering?  Quality of mojo postings to a blog vs the current FB group, Crowdsourcing US Election Day?

Don’t forget to post your responses by the Tuesday 11/5 @11:59 deadline.