Monday, April 10, 2006

The end ....

The end is near. Hopefully, some of you will keep your blogs going, but obviously you are not obligated once the semester ends. I hope you found the experiment interesting and useful. For the next week, concentrate on posting daily. I also want you to write one final essay that should be posted on your blog by Sunday (4/16/06) about your blogging experience – what did you get out of it, if anything. What would you do differently? What did you enjoy? Dislike? Do you think you will continue your blog? Were there any surprises? What do you think of blogs in general? Did you share your blog with family and friends and what did they think? I will type up comments and issue a final grade for everyone’s blog to hand out next Wednesday -- our last class.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

More on the future

Here's a piece by a newspaper editor on why journalism students should think about a career on the Web. We will discuss in class.

Thursday, March 16, 2006

My Space

On the same thread of what we talked about in class yesterday ... here is a local story from WHDH on students who posted song lyrics on My Space, which their school found offensive

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

It's the law ...

Here are a few links to sites I will be talking about in class today ....

Electronic Frontier Foundation's Legal Guide for Bloggers

Brad Templeton's 10 Big Myths About Copyright Explained

Monday, March 13, 2006

The future, your future

When you have the time, it's worth reading the latest State of the News Media report 2006 - pick the particular area of journalism you are interested in or just read about the major trends. We will talk about some of these in class.

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Another newsroom merge

The Wall Street Journal has announced that their print and online divisions will merge into one division. The New York Times already made this move last year.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Blogs and $$$

New York Magazine had a piece this week on the bloggers (some not much older than you) who have turned their blogs into some cash flow. But note that there are now 27 million blogs out there! So not everyone is going to get famous doing this.

Monday, February 13, 2006

It's Jerry Time ...

The Globe also has a piece on Jerry Zucker, a local resident who has turned his sad sorry life into mini-movies for the Web. You can check out his site here - It's Jerry Time


The Boston Globe has an article on today some of the volunteers who write and "guard" entries on Wikipedia

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Photo manipulation

We are doing Photoshop Workshops this week.
Here are some links we are going to look at in class -examples of altered magazine photo covers

Thursday, February 02, 2006

The perils of blogging

A reporter for the Dover Post in Deleware was fired for a personal blog he wrote on the side. Read about the story here.

Monday, January 30, 2006

RSS feeds, etc.

Today we are going to be talking about RSS feeds. And other ways of keeping on top of the topic you are covering in your blog. Here are some sites we are going to look at.



Thursday, January 26, 2006

And we're off....

Our class of 21 students is setting up their blogs this week - lots of sports topics ... also fashion, food, humor, tv, film, etc. This is a journalism class, so we have some ground rules, which I will post. Sticking to journalistic standards while also experimenting a bit - getting a chance to do some opinion writing, write reviews, etc. I'm starting to add the links to student blogs off to the right. I'm impressed with how some people are already loading up their own photos, making their own graphics, tweaking the code to customize their blog, etc. I'm hoping this semester to play around with a bit of podcasting - loading up some audio to the blogs. Today we looked at CommandN - this great tech news Web TV program based in Toronto-a good example of what you can do with a blog and some multi-media tools.

By the end of the weekend, I should have everyone's blog linked up from here.

Same blog, new colors

I thought the blog needed a new look for the new semester ... hence, the new look.

Friday, January 20, 2006

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Just a taste ...

Online Journalism - A sampling of blogs

Directory of blogs


Daily Kos


Over the Monster (Red Sox)

Women’s Hoops Blog



Post Secret

I am fashion

Blogdorf Goodman


Froggy Ruminations


Gizmodo, the gadget blog

Welcome Spring Semester!

Round 2. It's now Spring semester - and we have a new group of students for Online Journalism. Hopefully some of the kinks we had last semester with our inaugural effort will be smoothed out this time around. First up, a piece in New York Magazine about Craig Newmark, the founder of Craigslist. Please read to discuss next week. Also if you are not famliar with Craigslist, spend some time exploring it. Craiglist is a threat to newspaper classifieds - the bread and butter of newspaper revenue.