Schedule

CLASS SCHEDULE – Spring 2016

The following schedule is a guide for the semester. Specific assignments and dates are subject to change. Check the class blog for updates. All assignment due dates are marked in bold.

Week 1 – Mon., Jan. 25

In Class:
-Course introduction and overview
-Equipment
-What is journalism? What makes online journalism unique?
-Beat blogging: What is it?
-Thinking about your beat for the semester

Assignments:
-Read JournalismNext – Forward and Intro
-Browse the list of some past Online Journalism “Hall of Fame” blogs and come to class ready to talk about one particular blog you enjoyed.
-Start looking for a beat

Week 2 – Mon. Feb. 1
In Class:
-Ethics talk: Permission, waivers, plagiarism, copyright, fair use and Creative Commons
-Pitch your beat in class

Assignments:
-Read HuffingtonPost (news blog of the week)
-Read JournalismNext Chapter 1 – “We are all digital workers now,” but skip section on Web design
-Read JournalismNext Chapter 2 – “Blogging for better journalism”
-Read the Cyberjournalist.net’s Blogger Code of Ethics
-Pick a beat to cover for the semester and get it approved by instructor

Week 3 – Mon Feb. 8
In Class:
-How to use WordPress to make your blog shine
-Common types of blog posts
-In-class time to design and set up your blog

Assignments:
-Read news blog of the week
-Blog Set Up and Post 1 (Introduction) due by Sun., Feb. 14 at 10 p.m.

Week 4 – Mon., Feb. 15
In-Class:
-Checking in on student blog lists
-Aggregation
-Tips for writing for the web
-Writing web headlines
-Leads and nutgraphs

Assignments:
-Read Renegade Mothering (blog of the week)
-Read JournalismNext Chapter 3 – “Crowd-powered collaboration”
-Read JournalismNext Chap 10 – “Managing news as a conversation”
-Post 2: Aggregation and Post 3: Free Choice due by Sun., Feb. 28 at 10 p.m.

Week 5 – Mon., Feb. 22
In Class:
-Social media and journalism
-Intro to simple web analytics

Assignments:
-Read Buzzfeed (news blog of the week)
-Read JournalismNext Chap 11 – “Building a digital audience for news”
-Read JournalismNext Chapter 4 – “Microblogging and social media”
-Read JournalismNext Chap 1 – Section on Web design
-Post 4: Free Choice and Post 5: Q & A with Photo due by Sun. March 13 at 10 p.m.

Week 6 – Mon., Feb. 29
In Class:
-Bring camera to class for in-class photo exercise
-Incorporating photography into your reporting

Assignments:
-Read NYTimes.com Lens blog (news blog of the week)
-Read JournalismNext Chapter 6 – “Visual storytelling with photographs”
-Post 6: Free Choice and Post 7: Photo Gallery due by Sun. March 27 at 10 p.m.

Week 7 – Mon., March 7
In Class:
-Bring audio recorder and headphones to class for in-class exercise
-Audio gathering and editing. We look at the ways in which (good) audio can add a lot of value to your blog

Assignments:
-Listen to an audio blog interview or podcast of your choosing (news blog of the week)
-Read JournalismNext Chapter 7 – “Making audio journalism visible”
-Post 8: Profile of a Blogger and Post 9: Audio Interview due by Sun. Apr. 10 at 10 p.m.

NO CLASS MARCH 14th —— SPRING BREAK!

Week 8 – Mon. March 21
In Class:
-Extra-credit quiz on reading (worth 15 points)
-Audio and/or HTML workday.

Assignments:
-Post 8: Profile of a Blogger and Post 9: Audio Interview due by Sun. Apr. 10 at 10 p.m.

 Week 9 – Mon. March 28
In Class:
-Comment and feedback session on fellow class bloggers
-Bring video cameras and headphones to class for in-class video exercise
-Intro to web video journalism

Assignments:
-Read Vox (news blog of the week)
-Read JournalismNext Chap 5 – “Going Mobile”
-Read JournalismNext Chap 9 – “Data driven journalism and digitizing your life”
-Post 8: Profile of a Blogger and Post 9: Audio Interview due by Sun. Apr. 10 at 10 p.m.

 Week 10 – Mon. April 4
In Class:
-Video continued

Assignments:
-Read Vice (news blog of the week)
-Read JournalismNext Chapter 8 – “Telling stories with video”
-Post 10: Free Choice and Post 11: Video due by Sun. Apr. 24 at 10 p.m.

 Week 11 – Mon. April 11
In Class:
-Video (continued)

Assignments:
-Post 10: Free Choice and Post 11: Video due by Sun. Apr. 24 at 10 p.m.

Week 12 – Mon. April 18
In Class:
-Final Project Overview
-Extra-credit quiz on reading (worth 10 points)
-Where do we go from here? The future of online journalism and you

Assignments:
-Post 10: Free Choice and Post 11: Video due by Sun. Apr. 24 at 10 p.m.

Week 13 – Mon. April 25
In Class:
–Pitch and work on final projects in class

Assignments:
FINAL PROJECT DUE FINALS WEEK (date TBD)

Week 14 – Mon. May 2
In Class:
-Blog Presentations

 Assignments:
-Work on Final Project

FINALS WEEK – May. 3-6
-Post 12: Final Project due at end of Final Exam period
-Post 13: Farewell Post due at end of Final Exam period

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