Archive for April, 2007

Notes From Bloggers & Community Conference

Posted on 28 April 2007. Filed under: Resources, Tips |

Saturday, the Simpson Center sponsored an inter-disciplinary symposium on community and blogging. Notes from the conference (real-time – not true quotes, almost all is paraphrased even if it uses personal pronouns).
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“Mission Accomplished?”

Posted on 26 April 2007. Filed under: Politics |

Moving us more firmly towards next week’s topic (Blogs & Politics), I offer this latest installment from Brave New Films (Robert Greenwald).

Is it “political pornography”? Does it contribute to debate & consensus or dissent? Are the goals of activists (spur us to “action”) at odds with the ideals of the public sphere? (Yes, these questions make sense if you heard today’s student presentations.)

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Week 5 Notes – Th

Posted on 26 April 2007. Filed under: Class Notes |

Multimedia: RSS In Plain English

Discussion Leaders: Student Assignments – 6 (Vanessa), 7 (Justin), 8 (Lisa)

Other websites: NowPublic, NewsCloud, Blogcritics

Individual Project: Comment on this week’s Newsvine column (was due Tuesday – see assignment below)

Group Project:

  • Kathy: Add students to blog as contributors
  • Review candidate list. If there is a candidate that you would like to review — add that info as a comment on the candidate list post. I’m not going to guarantee you’ll get that candidate …we’ll see how this shakes out. Candidate assignments will be made next week.
  • Review possible issues list. For the 1 credit extra students: by next Wednesday, use the comments section on the issues list post to tell me two-three topics that interest you (from the list or not) — provide a well-focused question or questions that your article might address and provide links to two sources you could use (we will want to use scholarly and popular sources).
  • Assignment: Post two seeds to new blog by Tuesday class. Seeds should relate directly to the 2008 Presidential campaign. Create a category for each candidate using last name. Before posting, read the blog to make sure someone has not already posted the seed. Seeds can be news stories or blog posts but not candidate websites. This means the Newsvine “seed” requirement is now only two per week.

Resource: Commenting Policy

Readings due Tuesday! Student reading assignments 9,10. Both should be prepared to go on Tuesday.

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Week 5 Notes – Tu

Posted on 24 April 2007. Filed under: Class Notes |

Discussion Leaders: Student Assignments 5 (Ben), 8 (Lisa)In-Class Discussion:– How can journalists use the internet and other media to make their work more transparent? Can you think of any good examples of the way this is being done now?
– What is the most important role that blogging can play [in politics?]?
– In We the Media pg. 63, Gillmor asks “will journalists who do participate in the online discussion of their work … hit the law of diminishing returns?” I don’t really understand what this question is asking.
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Questions, Week 5

Posted on 24 April 2007. Filed under: Questions |

All Questions At 11.05. Colleen – no post; Justin – no questions; Matt – no post; Mineko – no post; no questions last week.
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Commenting Policy

Posted on 20 April 2007. Filed under: Resources, Tips |

Just found this excellent guide to comments (good for readers and blog owners) at LifeHacker.

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Week 4 Notes – Th

Posted on 19 April 2007. Filed under: Class Notes |

Citizen Journalism

Discussion Leaders: Student Assignments 3, 4

In-Class Group Work: Individually, review the summary of the presidential campaign project. In small groups, discuss. Summarize discussion (one comment per group on group project page): how might we select 13 candidates … expand the possible list of in-depth articles … develop a list of criteria for evaluating candidate’s use of the web and social media … any other thoughts/ideas on the project. We will begin work on this next week.

In-Class Assignment: Based on reading and discussion, blog (to WordPress) your “definition” of citizen journalism. Hypothesize about what it might look like in two years (post November 2008). Provide an example (from class, from your exploration of the blogosphere) that you think is good citizen journalism; tell us why.

Grades: First Newsvine column graded; seeds and comments recorded. It’s important to make sure all Newsvine writing is posted to UW Bloggers & Public. Student ID – last six digits. Folder requires UW login. (pdf)

Readings due Tuesday! Student reading assignments 5, 6, 7, 8. We’ll do two each day.

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Week 4 Notes – Tu

Posted on 17 April 2007. Filed under: Class Notes |

This week: Citizen Journalism

Discussion Leaders: Student Assignments 1, 2.
– What is a tip jar (TypePad, Politics From Left To Right uses Amazon)
– Is citizen journalism just another form of “alternative press”? Defend.
– Wiki – LA Times

Assignment: Read Newsvine columns (group into three’s – going in reverse this time) and post a comment by class on Thursday. Be sure to post your seeds and column to both the UW Bloggers group and “Public” to make it easier for us to find one another’s work.

Reading: Post reading reflection to wordpress blog by 8am Tuesday.

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48 Tips in 48 Hours

Posted on 17 April 2007. Filed under: Tips |

From the National Writers Workshop in Hartford CT and Poynter. Examples:

  • Be a reader. Friedman quoted from “Reading Like a Writer,” by Francine Prose. “Writers learn from reading the work of their predecessors.”
  • Be curious, no matter what you’re writing. “Writing is having an innate curiosity about life. Even if you write fiction. You’re writing more than fiction, you’re writing about life.”
  • “Why do my readers care about this story now?”
  • Team up.  Everyone has different strengths.
  • “I look for stories about the human condition, the small stories that say something about who we are and where we are.”
  • “Read the damn clips.” Newspapers are losing their institutional memory. Report the story that’s happening now, and tell the readers about the story that happened a decade ago.
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Week 3 Notes – Th

Posted on 12 April 2007. Filed under: Class Notes |

Discussion/reading starts next week. See requirements on assignments page. [Check to see that everyone knows how to create a PPT presentation.] Have students create account and upload presentation to Slideshare. Example. (Cross fingers and hope we can embed, but I doubt it. Typepad is looking good again.)
 

Example – combo links-and-commentary blog: ElectionLaw
 

Discuss newsvine columns
 

Possible class project
 

Assignment for Tuesday: Find three interesting blogs (outside of Newsvine) that deal with politics or media. Find two-or-three interesting Newsvine members as well. Post as a comment to the Interesting Blogs page.

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