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What journalism students need to learn now

Is blogging still relevant to journalism? This is one of the questions Mark Briggs is considering as he begins work on the third edition of his popular textbook Journalism Next. In his blog post, he listed the following chapters: How the web works Blogging for better journalism Crowd-powered collaboration Microblogging and social media Going mobile Visual […]

Top 10 posts of 2013: Teaching online journalism

In case you missed them, here are links to the posts on this blog that were viewed most often in the past year, according to the stats provided by WordPress. Only three on the list are from 2013 (I published only 27 posts this year). The oldest are from 2008 (also three posts), demonstrating the […]

Your syllabus as a blog: How to do it

For about three years, I have been using WordPress.com (a free blogging site) to create a syllabus for each one of my courses. I first tried it in 2007, and now I’m totally sold on the practice. (See two examples: graduate course; undergrad course.) One of the best features for students: If you choose a […]

What people search for online

When you’re writing a blog, you should check your stats from time to time (I’m not as obsessive about it as some are) to see what people are reading, where they came from (referrers), what they click in your posts. Search terms are especially interesting to me. They don’t exactly correlate with the most-viewed posts […]

Now in Portuguese and Chinese: Reporter’s Guide to Multimedia Proficiency

A new translation of this guide is now available, thanks to the efforts of Alessandra de Falco, a journalism professor at Universidade Federal de São João del-Rei in Brazil. She uses the guide in her classes. Em Português: Reporter’s Guide to Multimedia Proficiency (PDF; 1 MB) Also, I neglected to post earlier about a new […]

Blogging basics for journalism students

Having just finished grading some student blog posts, I have a few thoughts: 1. Headline. The headline (or title) of a blog post should accurately represent the content of the blog post. If the blog post is a critique of, say, a news story, don’t write your blog post headline as if your post is […]

Use Instapaper to capture, read blog posts

I’ve been using Instapaper, a free on- and off-line reading tool, for a while, maybe more than a year. Mostly I use it for its most common purpose — to capture very long articles from a Web page and read them later. Often I read them on my Kindle when I’m not connected to wi-fi. […]