Week 1 – Jan 18

In Class: Get Rolling
-Introductions
-Download the Online Journalism 2 syllabus (pdf) if you want a hard copy.
Course overview
Readings and 2016 Online Journalism Awards
Assignments and Grading
Class schedule
Equipment and hosting
Ethics review
-What this class is about: 1.)”The future of news is now” and 2.)“Journalists today have to be Swiss Army knives” – Advice from Texas Tribune co-founder, CEO, and editor-in-chief Evan Smith. (See About page for Texas Tribune)

Assignments:
-Download the Online Journalism 2 syllabus (pdf) if you want a hard copy.
-Start getting your personal equipment together.
-For Monday: Explore the entries for the 2016 OJA finalists. Browse widely. Try to spend at least 30 minutes clicking around. Get a sense of the OJA’s. Pick one entry that you really like and want to discuss.  Answer the following questions and be prepared to share them with your classmates (Orally. You do not have to write anything down.)

  • How would you describe the values/critiera of the OJAs based on the finalists and winners?
  • Briefly describe the entry/story you particularly liked? What pulled you in?
  • Tell us about the news organization that published it? What is their niche/mission?
  • Why do you think this is award-worthy? What do they do? How do they do it?

I’ll ask each of you to talk about your entry in class.

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