Vote: Online Journalism Textbook Title
Written by Ryan Thornburg December 16, 2009 12:52 pm EST 3 comments
Alright, wise crowd. I need you to show me what you’re made of.
I’m writing for college students a book about online journalism. The book connects the traditional elements and values of journalism with new ways of telling stories and engaging audiences. It will start with a discussion of online news values and elements and the unique characteristics of the online news audience. Then it’ll take readers through the gamut of digital media skills and tools, and wrap up with a section that talks about how to make sensible use of the tools to create journalism that’s more engaging and relevant.
But… what should I call it? Please vote below and then leave any comments here.
The One Tool Your Newsroom Needs Right Now: A Failure Form
Written by Ryan Thornburg June 10, 2009 9:50 am EDT No comments
The other day I wrote about the need for newsrooms to encourage experimentation rather than innovation. OK, but how? Here’s one tool you can download right now and use in your newsroom — the Failure Form, to be used by reporters and editors who want to pursue a crazy idea.Learn More
Notes From a Semester
Written by Ryan Thornburg May 6, 2009 5:03 pm EDT No comments
The semester at UNC-Chapel Hill is done and the students in “Public Affairs Reporting for New Media” have put together a wonderful resource for learning about and engaging in efforts to curb the state’s high dropout rate.
You can read my notes about their work at http://www.ncdropout.org/node/415
or visit the site’s homepage at http://www.ncdropout.org.
Among the pieces I’ve enjoyed the most are the online journalism tutorials that the students themselves created based on their own experiences hashing through their first efforts and multimedia, interactive, on-demand news story telling. You can see their tutorials here.Learn More
Advice to Future Magazine Editors
Written by Ryan Thornburg April 16, 2009 12:57 pm EDT No comments
Contrary to what seems to be popular opinion, magazines have a strong future online, I think. But their future depends completely on the leadership and innovation of publishers and editors, as I told the Carolina Association of Future Magazine Editors last night.
The audio of the talk is after the jump.Learn More
Spelling, Grammar and Domain Name Registration
Written by Ryan Thornburg March 4, 2009 12:31 pm EST No comments
Over on the N.C. Diploma Dilemma site, I’ve posted about the technical and strategic work that’s going in to creating our own, more appealing domain name for the site.Learn More
Social Media and User Generated Content for Journalists
Written by Ryan Thornburg March 3, 2009 8:14 am EST No comments
There are so many great new buzzwords — distributed reporting, citizen journalism, crowd sourcing. They excite a lot of people who don’t think through their implications for public affairs reporting… and they terrify a lot of people who don’t realize that in many ways they are just juiced-up version of pretty common “old-media” techniques. In either case, they’re exciting because they pit two traditional journalism values — giving voice to the voiceless and accuracy — directly against each other.
Here’s an introduction, with audio to come in a future version. (If you can’t wait for the audio – give me a call or shoot me an email.)
Why Do We Need a CMS?
Written by Ryan Thornburg February 21, 2009 10:36 pm EST 2 comments
A bit of career advice for anyone in an online news organization: Never get roped in to leading the creation of your site’s new content management system. Yes, you may realize that the business rules that underly the CMS will determine who has the power to make decisions in your newsroom, but CMS projects are like storming the beach at Normandy — even if it’s successful, many involved in the operation will not survive.
With that optimistic image fresh in your mind, let’s look at what CMSs do and why your news organization needs one.Learn More
How To Edit for Online & SEO
Written by Ryan Thornburg February 17, 2009 8:00 am EST No comments
One Pager Tip Sheet: Search Engine Optimization (PDF)
IT Fluency for Journalists
Written by Ryan Thornburg February 11, 2009 11:00 am EST No comments
Dan Gillmor’s recent blog post about the future of journalism education — particularly collegiate schools of journalism — is highlighting once again what is perhaps the most popular debate in our field. The question revolves basically around this: How much technology do journalists need to know?Learn More
How to Report for New Media
Written by Ryan Thornburg February 10, 2009 8:04 am EST 1 comment
Links Referenced in This Lecture:
- Slide 3
- Little Green Footballs
- Powerline Blog
- Slide 5
- Sworn Statements by Abu Ghraib Detainees (washingtonpost.com)
- The Fact Checker: Romney and Abortion (washingtonpost.com)
- Slide 7
- Bluffton Today
- Live Online With Bob Kaiser (washingtonpost.com)
- Wiki Scanner (wired.com)
- #ch-snow (Twitter.com)
- Veep-O-Matic (washingtonpost.com)
- Consumer Consequences (American Public Media)
- Slide 10
- War in Iraq (washingtonpost.com)
- Times Topics (NYTimes.com)
- Slide 14
- Breaking News Blog (L.A. Times)
- iReport of Va. Tech Shooting (CNN)
How to Report a News Story Online (Online Journalism Review)
A Guide to ‘Crowdsourcing’ (Knight Citizen News Network)
Multimedia Storytelling (Knight Digital Media Center)
MP3 Audio of the LectureLearn More
What I'm reading
- Writing from Video Exercise
These video writing and editing exercises are from the 4th Edition of the Broadcast News Handbook by Charlie Tuggle, Forrest Carr and Suzanne Hoffman.
- News Corp. Donation Clouds Fox Coverage of Prop. 24 - NYTimes.com
- How to Count Items in a Filtered List in Excel
- Relational Databases - Example - Martin Baker
- MySQL :: MySQL 5.0 Reference Manual :: 10 Data Types