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Archive for November, 2007

Amy Gahran Outlines Journalism’s Future

Saturday, November 17th, 2007

Amy Gahran has an excellent outline of the ties between mainstream journalism and participatory journalism and their futures.  Here are some of the outline headings: 
What’s the point of news? Why do people want & need news? What do people do with news? Breaking out of the story format. Where do we go from here?
It is worth [...]

Today for Me the Virtual World Became Very Real

Friday, November 16th, 2007

It is 7 a.m. I am being transported to a magnificent office building on an island surrounded by mountains and blue seas. I am at least a couple of decades younger, a few inches  taller,  and for the first time in my life svelte. My brightly colored shirt, reflecting a tropical jungle motif, accents this new [...]

Free Ethics Case Study: Spokesman-Review Outs Mayor Jim West

Wednesday, November 14th, 2007

Remember when the Spokane Spokesman-Review had a computer forensic expert go to online chat rooms posing as a teenage male, which ultimately ended in the outing of the Spokane Mayor Jim West? Was it ethical? I have produced an in-depth case study aimed specifically for journalism and ethics classes to help their students see how difficult it is [...]

Lessons Learned Teaching Citizen Journalism

Sunday, November 11th, 2007

I am a little late on this but Douglas McGill of The McGill Report shares seven lessons he has learned in providing journalism classes to citizen journalists. Here are the headings:
1. Citizens are an untapped source of expertise and positive civic energy that journalists can help unlock.
2. There is no substitute for a strong, independent, institutional [...]

NYTimes Wants Pakistani Citizen Journalism Help

Saturday, November 10th, 2007

A New York Times online headline reads: A Call for Eyewitness Photos, Video and Text From Pakistan . Copy reads:
With opposition protests blocked by the authorities in Pakistan, is asking readers in Pakistan to help us report on events in the country by sending us eyewitness accounts of protests in photographs, video or text.
To submit [...]