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I mentioned this in the morning workshop today - I use Instapaper to save articles for reading later. At the moment, I'm mostly saving stuff that's relevant to the work you're doing on this module. I do bookmark some of the pieces I on Delicious eventually. But another way you could get access to the pieces I'm reading is by subsribing to the RSS feed for my Instapaper Unread folder. I'm not completely sure this will work. But here's the link: http://www.instapaper.com/rss/706847/CCG66Bk2giXLqXEFCwgIcmM91Rc You could try copying that and then pasting it into the Subscribe box on Google Reader. Let me... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2012 at Journalism at Westminster
Alicia's London Your Home Remedies - the blog, the Facebook page, the Twitter feed (acutally a bit dormant now), the website I am proud Once, twice, three times a lady Love at the Palace Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2012 at Journalism at Westminster
Here are a few links we might use in class today: The BBC on the Coalition proposals for welfare reform The Guardian on the same story - specifically Ian Duncan-Smith defending his proposed benefit cap The Telegraph on Ian Duncan-Smith's welfare reforms Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2012 at Journalism at Westminster
For your blogs this year, you need to get into the habit of using rights-free images. The best way to find these is via Google's Advanced Image Search. If there's time in class, we'll go over this. Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2012 at Journalism at Westminster
We need to sort out various things today: Set up a new blog to use on the module - or sort out an old one Set up Google Reader so that you can use it to tracks news in the areas you're interested in Set up Twitter so that you use it effectively to stay on top of news and new ideas in your areas. Remember - the best approach is to follow a lot of people and use lists so you can quickly get to the people you value most Set up an account with Delicious and start bookmarking... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2012 at Journalism at Westminster
Here's a short lecture from Kevin Kelly on six verbs that sum up the future direction of the net. Kevin Kelly: The Future of the Digital Media Landscape from WIRED and The Economist on FORA.tv Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2012 at Journalism at Westminster
Here's a few links we can use in class today: My Blog, My Outboard Brain by Cory Doctorow - very old (in net time) but still useful Why I Blog by Andrew Sullivan Kevin Kelly describes the net in six words, sort of Henry Jenkins on the new media landscape - bit old but still worth reading John Naughton's nine things you need to know about the net Naughton's top tech stories of 2011 Our Weirdness is Free - Gabriella Coleman on Anonymous Alexis Madrigal on how Radiolab is changing radio (and what journalists can learn from it) Julia Barton... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2012 at Journalism at Westminster
Here are a few links I'll use today for the lecture on the future of magazines: i-D Esquire Monocle Dazed Digital Sport Magazine Stylist Blanket Magazine Design Mind Think Quarterly JPG Magazine Delayed Gratification Pop-up Magazine Longshot Make/Shift Flyp Post Byliner The Atavist Mag Culture blog Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2011 at Journalism at Westminster
Some links to help me mark the referral work on the module: Chris Ricardo Shelana Zeinab Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2011 at Journalism at Westminster
I've written before about what you need to do for your module blogs. If you need a reminder, click the link. You also need to add some short posts to your module blog that reflect and evaluate the work you’ve done over the last twelve weeks. The posts you need to do are: An explanation of the ideas behind your individual project and an evaluation of whether you think it works, what might make it better etc. Talk about how you came up with the idea, whether you learned from similar projects online, what might make the project work better.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2011 at Journalism at Westminster
Today is the last session of the module. We're going to finish with a news day exercise. Ben Gilbert, a music journalist who's worked for newspapers, magazines and online, recently mostly for Yahoo!'s music blogs, is coming in to give a talk. Ben's planning to talk a bit about how the net has changed music journalism. Each blog group needs to generate some stories from what Ben says. Here's the plan: Each blog group needs to write up a quick news story based on Ben's first talk - you will get chances to ask questions after this, similar to a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2011 at Journalism at Westminster
I mentioned in the last post that one of the things you need to do on your module blog is write some posts evaluating the work done on the module. You need to do four posts in total An evaluation of the group blog you did - what was the idea behind it, did it work, what might have made it better... An evaluation of your video work - what was the thinking behind the work you did - why did you choose the subjects you did, how did you cover them etc An evaluation of your audio work -... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2011 at Journalism at Westminster
NB This is an updated version of the earlier brief I posted - use this one rather than the earlier one NB The deadline for the module blog has been pushed back - it is now Monday April 11th There are two assessments for the online half of the Multimedia Journalism module - the group blog and the module blog. I've written a detailed brief about the group blog, which I circulated to everyone during the first round of editorial meetings last week. The basics are pretty straightforward. You have to work in a group to create a blog that... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2011 at Journalism at Westminster
We're going to do a shorter session today - around an hour and a half... The main thing we need to do is decide on some ideas for our group blogs and then sort out the teams behind them... I think we can then get on with a bit of editorial development and planning. Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2011 at Journalism at Westminster
Today will be more of a workshop session. You all need to get on with your group websites and do some development work for your individual assessments. I'll start with a quick presentation for those of you who are thinking of doing a blog for your individual project... After that, we can get on with the group sites. I'll talk to each of you during the day about your individual ideas too, with the aim of finalising what you're going to do by the end of the day. Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2011 at Journalism at Westminster
There are two assessments for the online half of the Multimedia Journalism module - the group blog and the module blog. We'll talk more about the former later today. But the basics are pretty straightforward. You have to work in a group to create a blog that will run live for two weeks, culminating in a final news day. As for the module blog - the idea here is to get you to write and reflect, on a regular basis, on the different aspects of online journalism we've been looking at in the early stages of the module. Each week,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2011 at Journalism at Westminster
Today we'll spend a bit of time going over what you have to do for the module blog assessment. We'll also do some preparatory research for the group blog assessment. And we'll try to fit in some analysis of the way big news media websites use video. Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2011 at Journalism at Westminster
Here's a few links we might look at quickly in class today: I know a lot of you weren't that impressed by the live blogs we looked at. The Louse and the Flea sparked an interesting discussion when it laid into The Guardian's live blog covering the earthquake in New Zealand. It drew responses from: The Guardian's Martin Belam Journalist/blogger Adam Tinworth Kevin Anderson, who worked at The Guardian and the BBC All worth looking at - as are a couple of posts on the subject from Martin Belam, covering talks by The Guardian's bloggers - one from Matt Wells,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2011 at Journalism at Westminster
One of the things we might do today is look at a few big news sites and try to work out which one has the best design... Here's some we might look at: The New York Times The Huffington Post The Guardian The Telegraph BBC News We'll talk about this a bit in class - I'd like you to write a short post comparing two of the sites - the one that has the best design and the one that has the worst - in your opinion. You need to justify your opinion with some analysis that uses some of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2011 at Journalism at Westminster
One research site we might look at today is Delicious - it's a social bookmarking tool - which means it allows you to store bookmarks online and then share those bookmarks with other Delicious users... The site has recently be revamped by its new owners - the guys who started YouTube. They bought Delicious from Yahoo around a year ago. Before that it had been left to languish a bit. The new owners have added new social features and made the site a bit more visual. There are lots of other sites around that do similar things - for example,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2011 at Journalism at Westminster
Today we're going to do a bit more on research online, perhaps look at a few other research tools, and then look at online design... If there's time, we'll look at images online and video... But we might have to save that for next week... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2011 at Journalism at Westminster
Today we're going to do some more work on developing your group sites. We'll also make a start on finalising ideas for your individual assessments. In the afternoon, Reza's going to teach a session on web design and do a quick intro to Dreamweaver... We're also going to have a quick look at data journalism - though we'll come back to that properly next week... So quite a lot to fit in. Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2011 at Journalism at Westminster
Here's an interesting idea for a blog - another variation on the challenge idea. Meghan Gebhart has set out to have a cup of coffee with an interesting person each week, for a whole year. Her blog covers the process of setting up the interviews and features the final pieces she writes about each person... It is possible, if you want, to do a blog for the individual assessment on this module. But you need to some something innovative and challenging - like this, for example, though I'm not expecting you to set up something that would take a year... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2011 at Journalism at Westminster
Our live blogging experiment didn't go entirely to plan last week. It is a difficult thing to do, especially if you're not familiar with the technology. That said, we were online and watching when Mubarak stepped down - and those of you who were tracking Twitter at the time will have seen how many tweets that generated... One of the best ways to keep track of Twitter updates about Egypt (and the Middle East in general) is to follow Andy Carvin on Twitter (@acarvin). He works for National Public Radio in the US and has been specialising in curating tweets... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2011 at Journalism at Westminster
When you're live blogging, you have to write quickly and publish as soon as you can. The aim is to work with the immediacy offered by the net, to give people a sense of an event unfolding in real time. So some mistakes are inevitable -typos etc. You can cover yourself with a disclaimer which you can post early, or paste into your updates as a matter of course... But you should do everything you can to try to avoid errors of fact. Rumours spread very quickly via social media. You need to step back at times and think a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2011 at Journalism at Westminster