Intro to Online Journalism

Lessons

A Brief History of the Web (Preview)

Length: 15 minutesComplexity: Easy

Vannevar Bush published an article in Atlantic Monthly about a device called the Memex, which could track links between documents. This article, which you’ll read for this course, is widely…

Journalism Primer (Preview)

Length: 10 minutesComplexity: Easy

Well, skills matter. The skills you’ll learn here will take you far in any career, but are specifically tailored to journalism. Going into this class, I will assume you have…

Journalism 2.0

Length: 10 minutesComplexity: Easy

Readers are no longer passive receivers of our messages. They create, share and comment. And they expect to do it on news Web sites, too. Jay Rosen, journalism professor at…

Blogging

Length: 15 minutesComplexity: Standard

Excerpt

User-Generated Content

Length: 30 minutesComplexity: Standard

User generated content refers to material on websites, and occasionally other media sources that is produced by the users of the website. This is different than, for example, a website…

Reporting Online

Length: 30 minutesComplexity: Standard

Quick! Your editor needs a few paragraphs for the Web site. What do you do? This brings panic to many newspaper reporters but writing for the Web is easy once…

Writing & Tweeting

Length: 30 minutesComplexity: Standard

Developing content for a Web site will probably mean writing new materials. The writing you have already done for your courses – for handouts and other instructional materials – may…

Citizen Journalism & Crowdsourcing

Length: 30 minutesComplexity: Standard

At its simplest level, user comments offer the opportunity for readers to react to, criticize, praise or add to what’s published by professional journalists. If you look at news Web…

Envisioning Information

Length: 30 minutesComplexity: Standard

We seldom consider why newspapers and web sites are presented in any particular manner. Obviously, front page news is there for a reason. But there are reasons behind reasons. Think…

Design & Findability

Length: 90 minutesComplexity: Standard

When optimizing for findability, you need to ask yourself these three important questions: Can users find the Web site? Can users navigate the Web site? Can users find the content…

Sharing & Microblogging

Length: 30 minutesComplexity: Standard

Social bookmarking makes it easy for Internet users to share online content. On social bookmarking sites, users submit links to sites or stories that they find useful and interesting. Other…

The Social Media Beat

Length: 30 minutesComplexity: Standard

Journalists certainly can be taken aback by bloggers and consumer-generated media. But the citizen journalist, blogger, content provider online is just average Joe Q. Public using the technology that is…

Listen, Curate, Comment

Length: 30 minutesComplexity: Standard

Listening – or social media monitoring – is the notion of searching for the key words and phrases being used online to hear what’s being talked about. It’s about homing…

Infographics & Mashups

Length: 30 minutesComplexity: Standard

The main goal of data visualization is its ability to visualize data, communicating information clearly and effectivelty. It doesn’t mean that data visualization needs to look boring to be functional…

Search Engines & SEO

Length: 15 minutesComplexity: Standard

Search engine optimization (SEO) is the practice of optimizing content and links such that search engines like Google can easily find and rank your content according to search patterns of…

Copyrights & Net Neutrality

Length: 30 minutesComplexity: Standard

The ethics of online journalism are, ultimately, no different than the ethics of journalism. The Society of Professional Journalists has articulated a comprehensive policy of journalism ethics that can help…

What’s Next for Online News?

Length: 20 minutesComplexity: Standard

There are a great many things coming available to online journalists. Just a few years ago, I recall the splendor and promise of the MiniDisc recorder (a CD that looks…