Due by the start of the Sept. 5 class meeting
1. Read the following and be prepared to discuss in class:
- Syllabus – you can skim the course outline and reading list
- Blog guidelines
- Women of the Internet on how the Internet has changed them (Jen Doll)
- How Laura Poitras helped Snowden spill his secrets (Peter Maass)
- The twisted psychology of journalists vs. bloggers (Jay Rosen)
- Notes on blogging for journalists (Felix Salmon)
- When journalists blog: how it changes what they do (Paul Bradshaw)
2. Come up with at least 1 discussion question about any of the topics covered in the reading, and be prepared to discuss the question(s) in class.
3. Get a secure USB drive with a capacity of at least 2 GB and bring it to class.
4. Before the start of class next week: Propose two ideas for a niche blog. Make sure you have done all the reading first. Write your proposals in a document, put the document on your USB drive and bring it to class. Your proposals should include:
- A name for each blog
- A tagline (1-sentence description) for each blog
- 2-3 paragraphs explaining in some detail the mission of each blog and who you hope to reach with it