Reading list

All the required readings in one place.

Weekly reading assignments will include a number of articles, blog posts, book chapters, etc. The amount of required reading will be a little heavy during the first 3-4 weeks of class and will gradually become lighter during the semester as multimedia production gets more demanding. I will frequently share additional links to relevant (but optional) material online, usually via Twitter.

Women of the Internet on how the Internet has changed them (Jen Doll)

The twisted psychology of bloggers vs. journalists (Jay Rosen)

Notes on blogging for journalists (Felix Salmon)

Passion replaces the dullness of an overused journalistic formula (Robert Niles)

When journalists blog: how it changes what they do (Paul Bradshaw)

Columnists are now like street performers – collecting coins in a hat and dodging angry racists (Laurie Penny)

A convenient excuse (Wen Stephenson)

How not to become Mat Honan (Kim Zetter)

NSA collecting phone records of millions of Verizon customers daily (Glenn Greenwald)


NSA Prism program taps in to user data of Apple, Google and others (Glenn Greenwald and Ewen MacAskill)

What’s the matter with metadata? (Jane Mayer)

Using metadata to find Paul Revere (Kieran Healy)

Where “nothing to hide” fails as logic (Danah Boyd)

Edward Snowden: the whistleblower behind the NSA surveillance revelations (Glenn Greenwald, Ewen MacAskill and Laura Poitras)

How spy agency contractors have already abused their power (Lee Fang)

How Microsoft handed the NSA access to encrypted messages (Glenn Greenwald, Ewen MacAskill, Laura Poitras, Spencer Ackerman and Dominic Rushe)

Connecting the dots on Prism, phone surveillance and the NSA’s massive spy center (James Bamford)

XKeyscore: NSA tool collects “nearly everything a user does on the Internet” (Glenn Greenwald)

How Laura Poitras helped Snowden spill his secrets (Peter Maass)

Lavabit’s Ladar Levison: “If you knew what I know about email, you might not use it” (Kashmir Hill)

NSA officers spy on love interests (Siobhan Gorman)

The strange case of Barrett Brown (Peter Ludlow)

Learn (WordPress)

Yahoo! Style Guide: Construct clear, compelling copy (4 parts)

Yahoo! Style Guide: Be inclusive, write for the world (4 parts)

Yahoo! Style Guide: Translate voice into words

4 pro techniques for boosting the value of your blog posts (Georgina Laidlaw)

Why journalists must understand link journalism (Daniel Bennett)

Why do we link in news stories? (Mathew Ingram)

By tweeting about a developing story, could you be inciting a riot? (Adrienne LaFrance)

Why The Atlantic no longer cares about SEO (Lauren Indvik)

The journalist’s guide to maximizing social media ROI (Leah Betancourt)

How to organize Twitter’s chaos (Steve Buttry)

Suggestions (but not standards) for live tweeting (Steve Buttry)

Building blocks of a multimedia story (Mark Berkey-Gerard)

Radio: An Illustrated Guide (Jessica Abel and Ira Glass)

Alex Blumberg’s Manifesto, Part I and Part II

Better writing through radio Part I and Part II (Nancy Updike)

How to make boring things interesting in video (Adam Westbrook)

How to turn a blah event into a video story (Ken Kobre)

Videojournalism brain dump (Greg Linch)

Video at newspapers needs to improve (Colin Mulvany)

Video Techniques (Paul Grabowicz et al.)

Writing a shooting script and editing script for documentary film or non-fiction project (JR Martin Media)

Newspapers and thinking the unthinkable (Clay Shirky)


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