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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 #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: http://delicious.com/karenmturner/games

Also, a quick look at the Persuasive Games website shows some of the election games developed that are no longer available: http://www.persuasivegames.com/games/

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.