Teaching Examples

Blog milestone: Visit No. 80,000
June 15, 2007, 12:25 pm
Filed under: audiences, blogging, blogs

Last night at 9:47 p.m. someone from the San Diego Union-Tribune made the 80,000th visit to this blog. Woo-hoo!

FeedBurner reports that I have 878 subscribers via RSS.

Visit No. 40,000 took place in March 2007, according to Site Meter.

Visit No. 20,000 — November 2006.

Visit No. 10,000 — Aug. 21, 2006.

Thank you all for reading. Let me know if there’s anything I’m missing. Comments always make my day.

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More blogging goodness in journalism
May 28, 2007, 12:49 pm
Filed under: blogs, journalism

Here are two spanking-new journalist blogs for you to sample.

Ron Sylvester of the Wichita Eagle writes the socks off just about about every other blogger in the known universe in Multimedia Reporter:

Stan grabbed a digital recorder and sat at my desk, which has a $17 phone recorder I’d picked up last year sometime. Stan called the director of public safety in Augusta, KS. He then passed me the recorder, like a baton in the multimedia relay, and headed out the door for the morning police briefing. Stan files more on-line stories before noon than most people in a day.

I used Audacity to edit the interview, trying to match up the descriptions with the pictures we had, and loaded it into Soundslides.

We had the slide show posted with Stan’s story by afternoon. Stan watched the show before he wrote, so he produce a story with minimal repeats that complemented the slide show. Once again, multimedia became the layers for the news.

From: Slide shows: They’re not just for photographers

The Inksniffer is written by a longtime newspaperman who goes by the nom de plume Sniffer Dog:

I go back to my Pew Research Center data, published this month in Editor and Publisher. In that data Culture and Arts (29%) is second only to local government (49%) in newspaper topics of most interest. Now it doesn’t say locally originated culture and arts, but you can’t differentiate if you don’t control, so I would have thought that a film critic, a central plank of credible cultural coverage, was worth hanging on to. Maybe ask her to broaden her beat a bit. But not completely lose her film reviews.

From: What one movie reviewer tells us about the critical condition of US newspapers

Read. Enjoy.

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Thinking Bloggers
May 23, 2007, 12:08 pm
Filed under: blogging, blogs

David at Strobist kindly (I think) tagged me with the Thinking Bloggers meme. I am invited to post links to five blogs that make me think.

Well, it would be too simple to link to blogs that already appear in my blogroll, wouldn’t it? After all, the charge is not to list my favorite blogs, or the blogs with content most like my own. So here goes — and don’t expect to find a lot of multimedia or journalism in these blogs. But you might be surprised at how they make you think.

1. Mirá!
Julián Gallo’s blog comes from Argentina and is written in Spanish. Its subject matter is eclectic but usually includes at least one video per post. I see some of the coolest stuff here that I never see anywhere else! And it’s never “cool” like, “Ha ha, watch that kitten roll off the table!” Nope, it usually makes me think about new ways to do things visually.

2. Social Media
I’ve been reading intelligent commentary by JD Lasica since back in the pre-Web days when I hung out on The WeLL. He goes to more conferences than anyone else I know (maybe they just have more conferences out there in California) and reports all kinds of interesting bits and pieces from them. He often posts information related to journalism, press freedom, crowdsourcing and social networks.

3. Cinecultist (Crazy for Movies)
Sometimes I get all choked up when I read this blog because I used to live in New York and have access to all the international films and obscure independent movies and … Well, now (thanks to Netflix) it’s better than it used to be, but it’s still nothing like being CC, who just turned 30, and living in the real movie capital of the western world. Don’t expect any bland or trite reviews from Cinecultist. She doesn’t slack on movies from Hong Kong or Korea either.

4. The Storyteller
I’m going way out on a limb here, but I really do love this blog. Yasmin Ahmad is a Malaysian film director. She is very well known in Malaysia but not elsewhere, although her feature films have won several international awards. I read her blog because it encompasses her professional life — not her day job at a big advertising agency, but her true job as a storyteller. I also read it because she gets hundreds of comments that make me feel hopeful about Malaysia’s future.

5. xkcd
Okay, so it’s a comic, not a blog. Is that cheating? Randall Munroe is a science guy who works with robots, likes algorithms, and does stuff we don’t usually associate with journalism. He has a blog too, but I prefer the comic. It does, in fact, make me think. As an added bonus, it usually makes me laugh. (P.S. The current plot line started here.)

There you have it — five blogs that make me think. They don’t make my brain hurt, mind you! But they stretch my horizon beyond the little world of my work and my daily life.

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A survey about blog use and political information
May 16, 2007, 11:19 pm
Filed under: blogs, news

Two researchers who have conducted several studies about blog readers, Tom Johnson and Barbara Kaye, have launched a new survey on this topic. They are seeking survey participants who read blogs and who also seek out political information.

If you’d like to help them out, please complete their online survey.

(See a list of research about blogs.)

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MVPs for April
May 15, 2007, 3:31 am
Filed under: blogging, blogs, graphics, interactive, journalism, online

Most visited posts on this blog from April 1 through May 1, according to Google Analytics and FeedBurner:

  1. What a hiring editor looks for (or, what’s your URL?)
  2. Why Al Jazeera English is blocked in the U.S.
  3. Allan Detrich resigns after photo fallout
  4. Best journalism schools in the U.S.
  5. HD video frame grabs for Page One

See past MVP lists for this blog.

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Fire season, and the blogs that cover it
May 10, 2007, 1:31 pm
Filed under: blogs, news, online, reporting

Where I live, in north-central Florida, our eyes are burning, our throats dry, our sinuses ravaged. Smoke fills the air. The smell permeates our homes and offices. Monday night, ashes flew like snowflakes about the campus. (See photo, photo, photo.)

Kay Day is covering the story in her blog, complete with maps and resource links.

At the Los Angeles Times, California fires are also being blogged.

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Photojournalism students catch blogging fever
May 8, 2007, 12:58 pm
Filed under: blogging, blogs, online, photojournalism, socialnetworks

Just the other day, in the midst of grading, I discovered that several among our current crop of photojournalism students have set up individual Blogger blogs and have been posting their work online:

A couple of things crossed my mind as I browsed their pictures:

This is a cool way for young photojournalists to stay in touch and show their work to one another. It extends the idea that inspired A Photo A Day, a photo site started by our grad Melissa Lyttle several years ago.

Would Flickr be a better way to manage this task? The reason I thought that is, on Flickr they could create private groups and show off the latest work more easily among themselves. They could also participate in the wider community of professional photographers on Flickr — for example, see the Global Photojournalism group or the Photojournalism & Photojournalists group. By tagging each photo specifically, they might end up getting paid work (possibly a slim chance on Flickr, but not unheard of). Here’s some great advice about how this works, from the Strobist blog.

Finally, a technical detail. If they are uploading their JPG files to Blogger (and they probably are), how will they transfer them to another site in the future? One option is to convert to WordPress (not right away, necessarily) — this support post explains that you can get the images out of Blogger once you have put them there.

I’m really happy to see our PJ students getting their work out there and sticking together. It’s one of the hallmarks of a great PJ program, that the students form ties that will probably last a lifetime, and also that they delight in seeing and critiquing one another’s work.

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