Today we will:
Discuss stories — what’s your plan? Next week you will need a lead and nut graph for your main piece. How will you get it?
Focus on features:
Discuss class readings:
“We the Media,” Intro and Chapter One
- Journalism has changed, but need for news is still the same
- Blogging has a long history
- 9/11 was one of the first events covered by community media.
- Shift from journalism as lecture to journalism as conversation
- The need to defend grassroots journalism to make sure it thrives(“copyright cartel”)
- Thomas Paine, Thomas Jefferson, federalists as the “original” bloggers. Muckrakers at the end of the 19th century as the original “personal journalists.”
- Journalists have changed history – history of journalism
- The rise of the internet & inexpensive tools for production
- The web can be used for one-to-one, one-to-many, OR many-to-many communication. Anyone can own a press. The rise of convergent journalism.
- Importance to business: “markets are conversations.
How do his ideas and lists pertain to your search for story and focus?
LA Times —River People
Media Storm — Common Ground — Lost Farms of America
UB Reporter — Organ Man
Lexington Herald Leader — Turtle Man
–Read: (1) Melvin Mencher’s News Reporting and Writing, Chapter 7 (The Writer’s Art) (posted on UB Learns)
–Read: (2) 50 Writer’s Tools You Can Use
–Write: Write a possible lead and nut graph for your main piece and an idea for your slideshow and third piece. Also include what questions you hope each piece will answer and a list of possible sources. Email this to me by 3 p.m. Sept. 29.
THERE IS NO CLASS NEXT WEEK BECAUSE OF ROSH HASHANA. UB IS CLOSED.