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Welcome to NMC 301 – Writing for the Media Professional

As noted on the syllabus, I am providing a selection of links, for articles, websites, blogs, studies etc… on cool new media topics. I will continue to update this list daily because great work is constantly being done on new media topics. You will select THREE ENTRIES from this list each week to read or view. You will write a thoughtful analysis of each selection and post your thoughts on your blog for your classmates and I to read.

I will provide samples of strong posts from other classes in my next post on this blog, as well as on Blackboard. As you read each selection, think like an editor, a blogger, a student, a content consumer…put on different hats as you write. What is useful about the post? How does it connect to other new media writing you have encountered? Who is the writer’s intended audience? How can you tell? Does the writer make sweeping generalizations you disagree with? Do so. Do you like the writing? Describe the writer’s voice — is it one of authority or personality or both? Is the writing casual, professional, appropriate? Why? How? Compare and contrast each thing you read or view with other posts as a way to place each piece in the larger new media landscape you are exploring in this class.

You should also go through my Blogroll to explore the excellent new media blogs and their interesting posts. Just dive in!

Remember: This list is just a sliver of the cool ideas flying around about new media. Find your own and write about those. I post this list as a suggestion. I selected these articles, studies and pieces because I believe they have something important to say about new media in all its incarnations, and that this information is worth your time. I’m also eager for you to do your own investigating and to come up with articles that spark your interest from your own research. I’ll add your ideas to my ever-expanding list. The more perspectives included in here the better.

The List:


1. Mindy McAdams Incomparable 15-point guide to “multimedia proficiency”

“Reporter’s guide to multimedia proficiency (RGMP 1)

“As promised in my last blog post, I’m going to offer some guidance for journalists who are ready to learn how to transform themselves into multimedia journalists. I think there will be 15 parts, of which this is the first. Those of you who have been reading this blog for a while might not learn much that is new to you, but even so, maybe this series will put things into clearer perspective for you.

If you are a journalist (or journalism student) who feels like you need to catch up and upgrade your skills, I suggest that you do more than simply read these posts. Put the advice into use immediately — the same day, if possible. Don’t wait! (You’ve waited long enough already.)
Part 1: Read blogs and use RSS

Even if you are already reading blogs regularly, I urge you to add some blogs that are not strictly about journalism or news. Two that I recommend strongly:……..”

2. Howard Owens “2008 objectives for today’s non-wired journalist”

“Many news organizations have bonus plans for newsroom personnel called MBOs (MBA speak for Manage by Objective). The idea is to reward people for doing work that helps advance the company’s strategic goals.

Is there any higher strategic need for news organizations today than becoming more digital savvy?

I suspect there are still too many non-wired journalists in most US newsrooms. Either out of fear, indifference or hubris, too many reporters and editors resist using the Internet for anything beyond the occasional Google search (and heaven forbid they ever click a search result link to Wikipedia) and a daily dose of Romenesko (and heaven forbid if you call him what he is, a blogger).

That just isn’t acceptable.

So to help newsroom managers advance the digital literacy of their organizations, I offer the following MBO plan. I recommend readers pass this along to the top editors at their newspapers. And for non-wired journalists ambitious enough to pursue their own MBO paths, I’ll offer a reward myself (strict rules and details at the bottom of this post)……”

UO newspaper staffers ON STRIKE!!!
Seriously juicy story unfolding down the road at the University of Oregon:


Rising Media Star Fired For — Plagiarism
Just thought I’d share with you the latest of these scandals. This happens all too often….fa

The Poynter Institute
(one of the best resources for all media topics) offers this amazing guide to interviewing:

Nov. 11, 2008: The journalism ‘priesthood’ destroyed?

Nov. 7, 2008: Online publishers need new heroes in the battle for community relevance [Robert talks with Markos Moulitsas]

Nov. 6, 2008: Exploring the uses and effects of the Internet in the 2008 U.S. election

Nov. 5, 2008: What can news publishers learn from the Obama campaign?

Nov. 3, 2008: Online news start-ups look for foundation support

Oct. 31, 2008: Outsourcing as a path to profitability?

Fortune’s Barney Gimbel Leaves Magazine Amid Plagiarism Charge | The New York Observer

On the life, death and convergence of newspapers:

Readings, questions on the life, death and structure of newsrooms in the age of new media
Here are some excellent articles, blog posts, websites, etc… that offer a variety of perspectives and discussions about the structure of newsrooms, who does what, what changes are needed to remake the traditional reporting structures into new media models. Take a look and see what sparks your interest. Feel free to post questions or even to choose “the media” as your beat for your beat journals.
These are just a few examples of hundreds of interesting articles, posts, etc… written about the transformation of newspapers and print media into the digital age. It’s a crucial part of any discussion or class on reporting. Where will we do this reporting and how must it change? MUST it change? What is lost in the new media model? What is gained? WHO is a “real” reporter these days? Are bloggers reporters? What skills are now required? What should we value or require to trust those gathering information?

Everything Mindy McAdams writes is essential to read if you’re interested in New Media in any format.

Here’s Mindy’s Reporters Guide to Multimedia:

6 creative approaches to photographically telling a story

How to Present While People are Twittering AND Best Twitter Abbreviations
How to Present While People are Twittering:

Top Twitter Abbreviations: (Warning on language!)

Facebook in Real Life

NYTimes: Anatomy of a Tweet…Twitter Gets a Style Guide

Great job/internship sites for media
Tue, Mar 04, 2008 — Excellent sites for internships and jobs in Media
##1 Best Media-related Jobs Site: Jobs site:
American Society of Newspaper Editors

Poynter Careers

MediaBistro job listings:

Lost Remote jobs listings

Visual Editors job listings

The Unsinkable Local Anchor

Facebook Reverts to Previous Terms


Death of Newspapers
Goodbye to Newspapers

“Death of Newspapers “

“With Fewer Watchdogs, You Get Less Barking “ The New Republic

“MSM RIP” The New Republic

A Balancing Act on the Web for News – NYTimes

The Subtle Art of the Facebook Update

Facebook Updates Story from Sunday’s NYTIMES
From Sunday’s New York Times Magazine:

“Mutimedia…..but why?”
From the blog: 10,000words.Net
I was browsing through last month’s issue of Complex magazine when I stopped at a timeline of the history of Calvin Klein. “They should have made that into a multimedia presentation,” I thought. I then paused and asked myself why. Why would this already nicely designed infographic need the interactive treatment?
The short answer: to attract more viewers and stand out in a sea of online graphics.

Read more about it:

Photo Sharing Runs Afoul of Facebook

The Video Facebook doesn’t want you to see

Dudes! Time for Beer Pong (NYTimes story……)
Dudes! Time for Beer Pong! Invades MTV

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How Profs Misuse Facebook

Mainstream Media using Twitter – Why?

YouTube: Old Media in New Media World

By Joanna Connors of The Plain Dealer
(This remarkable multimedia package is widely favored to win the Pulitizer Prize this year.)

Blogging Tips blog: Five Things Bloggers Can Learn from Journalism:

Twitter is the New Headline: “The role of Twitter isn’t to limit thoughts to 140 characters, it’s to call attention to longer-form writing”
“Twitter is the new headline: how blogging and Twitter are complementary

A couple of weeks ago, Jay Rosen asked whether this was the dumbest newspaper column about Twitter ever. A game critic blogger at the New Orleans paper makes fun of Twitter by attempting to write his review of an xbox game in 140 character increments. The reason this is idiotic is that the author misses the complementary relationship between Twitter and blogging. You don’t write your review itself on Twitter. You write a normal essay, and then share the link on Twitter with a catchy phrase.

The conventional lament is that Twitter is killing blogging, since bloggers are now spending their time and sharing their ideas on Twitter. As Robin Hamman observed last fall in this Headshift post, Twitter (and Facebook) are siphoning off a lot of the energy from personal diary blogging – the proverbial sandwich post – or simple link sharing. Bloggers observe that they post less frequently because they tweet ideas more often.”

10,000Words on Twitter:

Possible Pulitizer winners

CNN’s election night “hologram”

What’s Next after CNN’s Election Night Hologram?

Hulu: Second Only to YouTube for Video Destinations

April 15, 2009

-By Mike Chapman, Adweek
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As of December 2008, 11% of online American adults said they used a
service like Twitter or another service that allowed them to share
updates about themselves or to see the updates of others.   Just a few
weeks earlier, in November 2008, 9% of internet users used Twitter or
updated their status online and in May of 2008, 6% of internet users
responded yes to a slightly different question, where users were asked
if they used "Twitter or another 'microblogging' service to share
updates about themselves or to see updates about others."

For the full report please visit:

February 13, 2009

Calvin College Student Suspended Over Lewd Facebook Message

A Calvin College student has been suspended for one year over a lewd Facebook message he allegedly posted about an ex-girlfriend.

According to an article in The Grand Rapids Press, a message about an ex was posted from Tony Harris’s account in November that “referred to the woman in two slang terms and referenced sexuality.” Calvin officials did not return calls from The Chronicle, but the newspaper reported that the college cited Mr. Harris, a sophomore, for violating technology and conduct codes at the institution, which refers to itself as “distinctively Christian.”

The acceptable-use policy on the college’s Web site prohibits “communication that degrades or harasses individuals or groups.”

Online video journalism

Facebook video for class

“Let Them Eat Tweets” AND City Club of Portland: If Newspapers Die, Can Democracy Survive?
The Medium
Let Them Eat Tweets

Published: April 16, 2009
Twitter — the microblogging service that lets you post and read fragmentary communications at high speed — is fun, but it’s embarrassing. You subscribe to the yawps of a bunch of people; they subscribe to your yawps; and you produce and consume yawps for the rest of your days. The me-me-me clamor brings to mind Emily Dickinson’s poem about the disgrace of fame, “I’m Nobody! Who are you?”: “How public — like a Frog — / To tell one’s name — the livelong June — / To an admiring Bog!
Read the rest of the story in the New York Times Magazine:

April 17, 2009

If Newspapers Die, Can Democracy Survive?

With Charity Fain, City Club of Portland, Peter Bhatia, The Oregonian and Al Stavitsky, University of Oregon

Click here to play MP3 file.

January 30, 2009

Stanford U. Researcher Teaches Noncredit ‘Facebook for Parents’ Course

Do you know what your kids are up to on Facebook? The social-networking service has become a major online hangout for many children (especially college students), and one Stanford researcher who studies the service argues that parents should join, too — and befriend their children.

Facebook Friends or a Whopper? You Decide

YouTube video on Shift Happens

How Newsrooms are using Twitter

Social Media: It’s bigger than you think!

Reporters’ Facebook pages…Bias?

News Bloggers Code of Ethics Facebook group

Excellent profile on Nat Hentoff:

Howard Owens on the Wired Journalist

Bloggers must sue for credentials to cover the news

New Media bibliography

How to find free music for video:

NYTimes: Brave New World of Digital Intimacy:

ESPN Reporting Goes Virtual:

Extradinary Multimedia work about ordinary things

Study: In disasters, people turn to social media:

J-Lab’s analysis of the future of media:

State of the News Media:
The Five Commenters Typically found on news sites:

Check out the class blog from Winter term:

Read Mindy McAdams:

YouTube journalism contest:

Can New Media Be Taught in Schools?

10,000 Words blog post on GOOD Magazine

Who uses the Internet?

Multimedia Toolkit:

Watch “Bearing Witness” a multimedia report by Reuters:

Reporters Gone Wild!

Watch this:
YouTube Reporter Channel:

YouTube news channel:

Henry Jenkins: Youth, Ethics and Digital Media article and blog post
Read Henry Jenkins:

The Mashup Man: AJR
Read 50 Writing Tools in Three Hours:

The report, titled “From ‘Too Much’ to ‘Just Right’: Engaging Millennials in Election News on the Web,” is based on a qualitative, in-depth study of a diverse group of 89 Chicago-area adults between the ages of 17 and 22, a demographic frequently referred to as millennials. To view the report, visit of the Internet: Generation of Visual Thinkers is Drawing the Future of Journalism
By Sara Quinn
Posted, September 4, 2008 An Adolescent, but No Longer an Orphan
By Steve Myers
Poynter Online News Editor Daily Show: Is this Journalism?
Daily Show on Sarah Palin:

Skills for students in a multimedia platform world:
MediaShift . Embedded at NYU::Old Thinking Permeates Major Journalism School Old
New York Times Magazine: Brave New World of Digital Intimacy:

Check out the blog posts from 10,000

Text is the Foundation for Journalism

15 Tips for Shooting Video online

The Tools I actually use

21 Free Online Editing Tools


Tips for Shooting Better Video for the Web

9 Tips for Audio for the Web

Edit your video online free or cheap

Golden Rule: Thou Shalt Link

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MediaShift: Innovations in storytelling: Using comics for journalism

10, is a blog you should keep up with.
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Read this blog post about how technology is transforming the political landscape:

Read: NYTimes story on Crowdfunding – New Model in Journalism
Read: MediaShift blog post on making new media ideas come to life:

Screw the system! Publish your own content

YouTube journalism contest:

Henry Jenkins:
Henry Jenkins: Youth Culture and Violence from Technology?
Media Literacy as a strategy for combatting moral panic Henry Jenkins View the complete course: License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA More information

Paul Levinson: Where is New Media heading?

Time Magazine Year of the Youth Vote:,8599,1708570,00.html

PBS Frontline: Kids Online

Pew Report on Teen Content Creators

ESPN Hits Second Life

YouTube slideshow re engaging youth through social mobile media

Adrian Holovaty’s Missouri graduation speech:

Adrian Holovaty’s 9 ways newspapers must change:

Inst. for New Media Studies guide to multimedia storytelling:
YouTube stories produced by above conference:

Multimedia narratives in Journalism:

Twitter Tips from Amy Gahran

From the: USC Annenberg Online Journalism Review:

Online Journalism Wikis


Mon, Feb 16, 2009 — Does Facebook Own You?,0,3730083.story

Do you belong to Facebook, forever?

By Wailin Wong | Tribune staff reporter
12:59 PM CST, February 16, 2009

The blogosphere is abuzz after a popular consumer affairs blog pointed out changes to Facebook’s terms of use that the social networking Web site quietly made earlier this month.

February 17, 2009
Facebook’s Users Ask Who Owns Information

Reacting to an online swell of suspicion about changes to Facebook’s terms of service, the company’s chief executive moved to reassure users on Monday that the users, not the Web site, “own and control their information.”,0,2542546.story

From the South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Don’t let your Facebook follies cost you a job

By David Hayes | South Florida Sun Sentinel
10:05 AM CST, February 16, 2009

So you’ve checked out the job sites, you’ve got your resume online, you’ve got those photos of you and your buddies doing body shots on Himmarshee posted on Facebook. Oops.

With the jobs market so competitive, and with employers checking out the online presence of potential hires, it was already past time to clean up your act.

And now that Facebook has said it can use ANYTHING you upload in any way it wants, forever, even if you close an account, it’s urgent that you shape up your profile.

Fortunately for all of us, has a new list of the 10 best privacy settings you need to use NOW.

Tips on MySpace and Facebook,0,6630012.photogallery

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Important online sites for class
Regret the Error:
NewsAssignment,net blog:
NPR (National Public Radio):
News University:

Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University links page:
Project for Excellence in Journalism: Understanding News in the Information Age: and Resources: and State of the New Media reports: Major Trends in Media:
IRE (Investigative Reporters and Editors):
Bob Baker’s Newsthinking Blog:

Society of Environmental Journalists:

Criminal Justice Journalists:
Covering Crime Guide: and
Poynter on Obits:
The Death Beat:>
The New Yorker’s Mark Singer profiles “The Fourth Great Obituary Writers
Giving the dead their due:
Trudi Hahn on the rewards of the obit beat. Includes sidebar with
further resources.
Not Your Father’s/Mother’s Obit
Steve Outing looks at multimedia obits online
Writing Obituaries>
Tips from newsroom trainers
Writing Lively Obituaries How Robin Hinch does
Obits Clearinghouse:
New Yorker on obits:
Globe and Mail (Canada) Lives Lived
/LIVES30/TPComment/Features column. Written by relatives or friends of
the deceased — and thus is far more personal than standard obituaries.
Spokane (Washington) Spokesman-Review multimedia obituaries . Print
reporters collect the photos and record the audio for these features
when they do the family interview for the story.
Tracy Press (California) obits for everyone Staff calls every family
and includes hobbies, names of great-grandchildren, etc. for everyone in
this community of 80,000.
Editors on Obits Comments
from Rocky Mountain News and Lakewood Sentinel.
Writing About the Dead and Loving It, Poynter
Summing Up a Life: Meeting the Obituary’s Challenge , Poynter Online.

Gerry Goldstein of The Providence Journal is a veteran reporter and
editor who relished the obituary assignment. “I get excited because I’m
about to face my favorite professional challenge: freeze-framing a
lifetime in the newspaper version of tarpit amber — a column of type.”
Read Goldstein’s obituaries of a colorful centenarian
and a former police chief
, and his philosophy
of obit writing, and you’ll
understand why over the years some readers paid him the ultimate
compliment: they asked him to write their obits.

The Innocence Project:
Truth in Justice:
Must Reads from Truth in Justice site:
Washington Post series “Silent Injustice”
Seattle Times “An Unequal Defense”
Innocence Institute at Point Park University, Pittsburgh:
Innocence Institute homepage:
Frontline Documentary: An Ordinary Crime:
Chicago Tribune series, “Justice Derailed”,1,5536619.htmlstory?coll=chi-site-nav&ctrack=1&cset=true
Frontline Documentary: “The Case For Innocence”
Frontline Documentary: “Snitch”
Justice Dept. Report: “Convicted by Juries, Exonerated by Science”
Case of Darryl Hunt:
Story re Darryl Hunt:

International Journalists’ Network:
Ethics site of the Society of Professional Journalists:
Indiana University-Bloomington J-School ethics site:
A Web-based journal from the Annenberg School for Communication at USC:
Site of the Silha Center for the study of media ethics and law at the University of Minnesota:

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