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Jan
17

Setting up the interview

Before I say anything about interviewing, I want to recommend this American Journalism Review article about John Sawatsky, a Canadian investigative reporter and expert interviewer. It’s entertaining and short. But long before you think about how to pose the right questions on the fly, you have to muster up the courage to approach someone you don’t know. Here are some suggestions: 1. A good way...
Jan
17

Eep! My source is from a book, not the Web!

One of my students asked about what to do if you find a source at the library but not online. First of all, go you for researching at the library! Now. As Prof. Blaine said, the point is that we would be able to find your source if need be, or if we wanted to find more information from your source. In that case, use MLA style for sourcing your...
Jan
17

Audio Should Be the Strongest Element in a Multimedia Project

One of the wonderful sources that we’ve found for inspiration for your work in this class is a blog called Innovative Interactivity. Each week it highlights an “innovative individual” – someone doing multimedia work. I was interested in this week’s individual, Kimberley Porteus, the multimedia editor for the Sydney Morning News. You should read it. One thing that really stood...
Jan
15

Covering a Disaster Using Multimedia

Some heart wrenching stories, images, audio and video are coming from Haiti. The suffering is unimaginable. On NPR yesterday, Jason Beaubien got choked up talking about a little girl he met at a Haitian hosptial, reminding us all of our humanity and (I think), making us feel more connected to our neighbors who are in pain.(note: the candid reaction of Jason Beaubien occurred between segments as is not...
Jan
14

Blog language: Style

We won’t be teaching you Associated Press style in this course, though recommend that you read a newspaper regularly, online or in print, to become familiar with straight-forward, mainstream journalism style. Our goal is that you stay consistent. If you write 28 instead of twenty-eight*, for example, maintain that throughout your blog. Also, grammar counts. One of Ed Madison’s favorite sites is...
Jan
14

Blog language: Tone

A lot of blogs are informally written, which makes them what they are — smart, snarky and a great read. (Perezhilton and Wonkette come to mind.) But for this course, we’re asking you to err toward formal language. As every grizzled newspaper editor tells his cub reporters, learn the basics first, then break the rules. We may not be old or grizzled, but we’ll carry on tradition and impart that...
Jan
14

A note on editing your blog

We’ve told you not to delete your posts, for reasons of intellectual honesty, but also because we want to track your progress and development through this course. That said, if you notice a typo or grammatical error, it’s OK to fix those without noting the changes. If you make bigger changes, however, note them at the bottom of your blog with an asterisk (*). We love to see that you’re...
Jan
8

A Successful Blog Launch

Gateway 1, 2 and 3 students launched their blogs today. Hurray! Blog launch! Students, if you can leave your blog address as a comment to this post, we’ll include them in the blogroll (list of links over there to the...
Jan
6

[Lecture] Ethics, Professionalism & Making Good Choices

We had a great discussion today about making decisions about what you put online in Gateway 1. The slides never capture the full discussion, so if you weren’t there, I hope it gives you a glimpse. Below are my slides and the PDF to download the pledge. I’ll post some photos later. (please be aware that there are some f-bombs and other language in these slides) Professionalism Pledge...
Jan
3

Ultimately, It’s About People

Part of a video series about photojournalist & teacher from Western Ohio. The takeaway is important: its about people. And sometimes to tell a good story, you just get out of the way. Dave LaBelle | The Lesson from Francis Gardler on...
Jan
3

Writing a Blog Post: Your Checklist

Creating a blog post is really more than just writing good content. The following checklist can help you ensure that your post is readable, findable and shareable. Do you have a compelling headline? There’s some dos and don’ts. Does your post have good structure & provide useful information? Plenty of folks have written posts on how to write posts. Take a look around. Does your post...
Jan
3

Welcome to Winter Term

Welcome to Winter Term 2010. Whether you’re just starting on the road Gateway 1 or 2 or wrapping up your travels in Gateway 3, we are looking forward to working with you to integrate your critical thinking with basic storytelling skills and deliver those stories in a multimedia format. You need these skills whether you’re heading into journalism or public relations or advertising. These are...
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