Framing Question: How are digital technologies, like blogs, changing how consumers get news and opinion?
- Gradesheet: Google Doc
- Assignment Sheet: Google Spreadsheet
- Reminder: question posts! Everyone should have had one by now — two before mid-term and two after mid-term.
- Geek Speak : Discussion Leader (starts week 6 – signup by Friday – examples from 2009)
- Projects : by Friday, a blog post with two or three ideas for a course project; categorize this as assignment, please
Posts of note this week:
- Headlines – Jackki, Jeannie
- Linkage to Life or Class – Amelia, Carrie, Jessica, Joshua, Krista, Maryellen
- Subject matter posts : Marcy
- Lecture (PPT / Slideshare)
- From Jackki: Agenda-Setting Theory (YouTube)
- Newsroom Integration : The Telegraph
- Technology: APIs -> GoogleMaps and San Diego Fires
- Resource: Dan Gillmor at UNC
- How do you prefer to get your daily dose of news and how have your preferences changed over time?
- If you prefer to get your news online, which websites or blogs do you frequent and why?
- How do you think the demand for personal, in-the-moment news could change the quality of news?
- What are the benefits of allowing individuals to comment on articles online? What are the drawbacks?
- Considering there has been a cycle in American history of news going from small scattered sources (19th century) to major corporate sources (20th century) to once again smaller and more diverse sources (21st), what, if anything, could cause the eventual demise of blog-style reporting?
- How important is it that a friend recommend a news item (Facebook, Twitter, email, etc.)?
Lab: The Analytical Post
- In an analytical post, the author weaves multiple sources together, examining his/her response to and thoughts about something: a news story, an idea, an event.
(1) It is reasoned writing. The post has a well-ordered argument supported by logic, evidence and analysis.
(2) External links are used as a form of evidence.
(3) The post is usually less formal than a research paper; there does not need to be a call to action, although there should be a point of view.
- What Do These Examples Have In Common?
- Moving in that direction already, see Amelia, Frank, Jeannie, Marci
- And the next one will be the persuasive post, and Amy is already moving in that direction
Examine the theme choices for the two people “above” and “below” your name on the student list (total of four). What are the similarities and differences in the designs? How easy is it to read the posts? Why? Which theme (design) do you like the best and why? Be sure to link to each of the four blogs! Next week, we’ll talk more about design principles.
This is your subject matter post for the week.
Due MONDAY at 6 pm.
- Zamzar (convert files, including Flash video)
- 5 Ogilvy Tips For Blog Design
- 10 Design Tips To Make Your Blog Look Fabulous
- 10 Weblog Design Mistakes
- Tips For Design Inspiration (without copying)