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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.

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.

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.