Welcome to the first week of the fall semester of Introduction to Online Journalism!
I’ll be your teacher, Justin Beck.
I am really excited to be back teaching Intro to Online (Journalism 395). Last time was during the fall 2011 semester. What have I been up to since then? Among other things:
- Teaching the Digital Newsgathering (Journalism 226) class. It’s awesome!
- Making stuff for my friend Eve’s fancy new publication, The Winnower, stuff like this set of pictures from a Woody Allen movie shoot in my neighborhood, and this interview with #opBART organizer MotorMouth
- Learning and practicing the art of instant street photography
- Learning and practicing how to draw cats!
- Livestreaming newsworthy events such as OccuPride, the Lakeview Sit-In, a march in San Francisco against austerity, another march in Oakland with the Feminist Vigilante Gangs, the return of #opBART and more
- Setting up an about.me page
- Freshening up the syllabi for this class and Digital Newsgathering
What lies ahead for Intro to Online this semester? No one really knows! The future, it’s hard to predict. But check out the course outline in the syllabus for what I have planned, if you’re into that sort of thing. I made a few additions for the fall of 2012:
- Intermediate livestreaming
- Intro to graphic journalism, comics journalism, cartoon journalism, or whichever term you like the best
I rotated in some new items on the reading list, including:
- Fungible (Stijn Debrouwere)
- Women of the Internet on how the Internet has changed them (Jen Doll)
- Hackers wreak havoc on Wired writer’s digital life (Renee Montagne)
- How not to become Mat Honan (Kim Zetter)
- That’s no phone. That’s my tracker (Peter Maass and Megha Rajagopalan)
- How to organize Twitter’s chaos (Steve Buttry)
- By tweeting about a developing story, could you be inciting a riot? (Adrienne LaFrance)
- Lessons from the fake New York Times op-ed on Wikileaks (Josh Stearns)
- I thought the Internet age had ended this kind of censorship (Guy Adams)
- How to make boring things interesting in video (Adam Westbrook)
If there’s anything you’d like to recommend for the reading list, let me know in the comments!
I also did a little data visualization in bar chart form to show how students in the spring 2012 Digital Newsgathering class answered the question of how difficult it was for them:
How difficult will it be for the students who have taken Digital Newsgathering and are now starting Intro to Online? If the past is any indication, it could be somewhat more challenging:
Questions or suggestions? Leave ’em in the comments!