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April 25

Here’s a first take on the plan:

Note how Canva embeds on but not Hand back Olson post and Canva/Excel graphics A reminder that due today are posts on mobile journalism (Group 4) and Lane DeGregory’s webinar on finding your voice

Pulitzer Prize winner for feature writing – Tampa Bay Times


April 4

Hope you got the message. The change that made today Monday was also not apparent on the portal, as far as I could see. Anyway, here are some links that might be helpful concerning Spark (tutorial that sort of matches your assignment), how to post a slideshow on Instagram, how to think visually in a […]

Group 3 presentation

Here’s a link to today’s presentation on independent news media by Trevor and Morgan.

January 17

Hello. This is going to be an adventure. I taught this course from 2010 to 2015, and also taught COM206 one time, so this blog has a lot of resources to draw from. At the same time, it means that I have been following online journalism and digital news from the sidelines, so I’ll be […]

April 14

Quick agenda this time

Give back Goldbacher posts with some lessons and last call (five people; if you didn’t get one back you didn’t get one done) Update on slide shows; here we have more than half of them not done at this point. I’ll leave some time at the end to help post/FTP them […]

April 7

Tonight …

Posts are due tonight on Dr. Goldbacher. You got a message about the videos, her PowerPoints, and some other data earlier this week If you want to download any of what I shot get a download add-on such as Download YouTube as MP4 which is for Firefox; note the Download button added to […]

March 31


Update and provisional plans for slideshow assignment (1) cover the food at the churches and pantries (2) shoot exteriors of the 11 places involved with the food drive; recall YouCaring site Dr. Edie Goldbacher, department of psychology; as before, you will write a 300+-word post on her presentation, including a head with a verb, […]

News, views, discussion

Some links on matter pertaining that might be useful for Discussion #3 next week.

Don’t forget about the NY Times leaked report from last year Facebook’s new fake news flag (see earlier post) Time magazine last year on what you thought you knew about the Web—it’s wrong Blogger Andrew Sullivan stopped blogging and why that […]

Welcome OJ15

This year’s iteration of COM 356 will be the same, only different—as in past years, you will be working all semester on food, nutrition and health with an emphasis on La Salle’s efforts in those areas. That means as noted that there are a lot of resources contained within this blog and website that you […]

January 30: I

Agenda for part one today. Be sure you are good with the following:

Be able to optimize a photo in Photoshop Be able to post photos to your blog (Add Media button above the ribbon) Continue review of your WordPress blog. Note that I am now on WordPress 3.5 (as are you). Note new options […]

April 29

Some links left on data, maps to go over from Wednesday. ONA member Ken Blake says no journalism student should graduate without knowing the basics of spreadsheets (Excel) and I’d add databases (Access). So you should be sure you can make your own Excel chart and post it in your final blog post.

Here are […]

April 15

Transition day, of a sort—hope it’s not too taxing.

Here’s the plan

Update on Soundslides project; please make a note to bring all of your photos to class Wednesday so I can get them on a USB (also final audio MP3 if possible) Reporting plans back, with discussion of Fresh Grocer issues. In continuation of […]

The Rise of Social Media

A video of Clay Shirky shared from (Note sharing from this site allows only a link, not an embed.).

Recorded 2009, as a follow-up to the success of Here Comes Everybody.

NYU sociologist Clay Shirky

The Rise of Social Media.


Week 2 wrap-up, update

We did not get to a discussion of the Clay Shirky reading, “Everyone is a media outlet,” so I’d like to put that on the agenda for Wednesday. Monday, be sure everyone has a copy and has read the questions on the January 16 post.

We will also start building more background resources for our […]

Jan. 16

Each week there will be a post or two that will make up our schedule for the classes. Blogs, of course, add the most recent post to the top, so take a look at the date of posting to find the post to start with.

Today, we are going to:

talk a bit about blogs […]

Metropolis top 10s

Studies show that people read lists on the Web (Top 10 ways to …). This time of year they are popular, of course, so to start thinking about Philadelphia community online journalism in 2013, here are the Top 10 lists from Tom Ferrick’s Metropolis, a site you should get to know as we proceed. Take […]

AEJMC 2012

Chicago this time

Just a few take-aways from 2012 AEJMC

News consumption moving to mobile aggregators notably Flipboard with Zite and Trove also mentioned Tom Rosenstiel argues that print journalism will survive, and that the problem is revenue, not readers; one direction may be for papers to become more magazine-like Newsroom losses are […]

Poynter workshop

Just got back from three busy days at the Poynter Institute in Florida. I was there in 2010 during the first version of the Online Journalism class, and needed updates—this one was called Teachapalooza. The best resource to table here for now is a Tumblr blog that stores many of the resources from our time […]

Journalism interactive conference

Conference for j-profs, spun off of ONA

OK—it was about 10 days ago, but here are a few highlights. For a quick sense of what happened in the October snow check out the conference site. While there, go to the Resources page for some key links and podcasts of many of the […]

Cool conference

This looks good—a conference specific to both online journalism and education. Most about education (e.g. AEJMC) are only intermittently about online and most about online (e.g. ONA) are only partially about education. So I will be there one way or the other and take back ideas for next spring’s iteration of this class in […]

Pulitzers, social media in Syria

Just to keep the conversation going … here is a link to this year’s Pulitzer Prize winners for journalism (Isabel Wilkerson did not win the General Nonfiction book award). Take a look at the lead video in the Explanatory Reporting category, noting the simple use of explanatory text as supers or separate slides, the mix […]