Hello again, everybody! I’m writing to you from Cat Town. That’s what I call the micro-neighborhood where I live near the corner of 3rd and Balboa in SF. I’ve been spending my time off work here immersed in novels by Haruki Murakami. (Cat Town is also a place his book 1Q84.)
Every once in a while I wander outside to do some street photography. Besides the cats who live in the area (that’s Zeke up above, looking otherworldly) I also like to take pictures of dogs:
Among other life forms around San Francisco. That was my summer.
A year has gone by since I last taught this course, when it used to be called Introduction to Online Journalism, and I feel super lucky to be teaching it again.
I’ve made a few changes to the syllabus, most notably:
- Edward Snowden happened! We’ll read and talk about what the emerging spying scandal means for journalism and civil liberties. (Spoilers: a lot and it’s bad.) You can find a selection of relevant stories right here on the reading list.
- We’ll get into real-time video sequencing using Vine, Tout, or something similar.
- No more Google Drive, or a lot less of it. For now, at least, we can’t count on it being a secure way to share files privately, so we’re going to try something different.
Niche blogging will still be the main event in this course. I’m hoping it’ll be an opportunity to take the knowledge and skills you gained in Digital Newsgathering and apply them toward learning more focused and more complex storytelling techniques.
So welcome, or welcome back! Ready for an adventure?