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week 8 journalism 2001

Week 8: Journalism 2001

October 29, 2007

what s misspelled
What’s misspelled?
  • snowmobilers
  • designated
  • snowmobling
review of last week s news
Review of last week’s news
  • Hard News:

(murders, city council, government, etc.)

    • Major local stories
    • Major national/international stories
    • Major sports stories
  • Soft News:

(retirements, school programs, human interest)

    • Local stories
    • National/international stories
    • Sports stories
indian leaders win several concessions from kqrs after barnard show comments
Indian leaders win several concessions from KQRS after Barnard show comments
  • http://www.startribune.com/462/story/1515148.html
police department news release
Police Department News Release
  • Good job!
  • Need attribution, or reads as opinion
  • One sentence summary lead still strongest
  • Style errors:
    • Numerals
    • Dates
    • Dateline
Police arrested a thirty-year-old man Tuesday for possession and the intent to distribute narcotics during a residential raid on North 58th Avenue west.

Police arrested a 30-year-old man on Feb. 20 after a search of his residence located in the Cody neighborhood uncovered narcotics and several firearms.

A 30-year-old man was charged with drug and weapon possession after police officers found several firearms, crystal methamphetamine, and prescription pain medications in his West Duluth home.

Police arrested a 31-year-old man Tuesday, Feb. 20 for narcotics possession, and found a small stockpile of firearms and home surveillance cameras.

Investigators of the Lake Superior Drug & Gang Task Force and Duluth police arrested a man after finding crystal methamphetamine and prescription pain medication in his residence Feb. 20.

upcoming stories
Upcoming stories
  • Hard News 2 Reporting Assignment
    • Final article due: October 26
    • Tonight will edit classmates’s story, return feedback
    • Rewrite/edit stories in class, will be put up on class website
  • Sports Reporting Assignment
    • Final article due: November 5
    • Any problems?
  • Community Journalism reporting assignment
    • Story pitch due: October 31
    • Final article due: November 19
  • Feature Story Assignment: Will discuss next week
    • Story pitch due: November 14
    • First draft due: November 26
    • Final article due: December 10
community journalism assignment
Community Journalism Assignment
  • Story Pitch Due: Wednesday, 10/31
    • No more than three paragraphs, 200 words
    • Include 5Ws and H
    • Email to: lkragnes@d.umn.edu
  • Work in teams or solo
    • Go out into an area of Duluth, report on a topic of interest in that area
    • Divide the city into zones – let’s assign teams to locations:
      • Central Hillside: Ashley I./Kendra/Vann
      • Chester Park/UMD: Ean/Allie
      • Congdon Park
      • Downtown/Central Business District: Brooke/Matt
      • Duluth Heights: Travis/Nicole/Ryan
      • East Hillside/Endion: DAyna/Martha/Ashley H.
      • Kenwood: Cory/Peter
      • Lakeside/Lester Park
      • Lincoln Park/West End
      • Park Point
      • Piedmont Heights
      • West Duluth: Claudia
      • Woodland: Nikki/Fallon/Thomas: Traffic accidents at 21st and Woodland
  • Final story due: 11/19
chapter 17 multimedia journalism
Chapter 17: Multimedia Journalism
  • Storytelling on the Web
    • Print, broadcast journalists inevitably online journalists
    • Internet explosion: 7 out of 10 surf in 2005
      • Established in 1969 by Department of Defense (not Al Gore)
    • Shovelware: text, photos, audio, video from other sources
what s the difference from print
What’s the difference from print?
  • Multimedia stories:
    • Linear or nonlinear
    • Unlimited background, space
    • Less formal – snappy, conversational, edgy
    • More active with searchable databases, blogs, games, polls, surveys, quizzes, etc.
    • Needs to be constantly updated
multimedia story structure
Multimedia story structure
  • Inverted pyramid
  • Linear stories best on scrolling pages
  • Screen-size chunks for nonlinear stories
    • Readers rule: Each chunk independent

National Geographic:


To link or not to link
    • What do you think?
  • Story summaries: a type of link
  • Sidebars, information boxes
slide shows photo galleries
Slide Shows (Photo Galleries)
  • Take readers behind scenes
  • Washington Post’s Camera Works
    • http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/photo
  • Duluth News-Tribune
    • Editors told to put stories on web first
    • http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/
  • Tips for cutlines:
    • Good ol’ 5Ws and maybe H
multimedia storytelling on the web
Multimedia Storytelling on the Web
  • Seven steps to success
    • Find a fresh idea
    • Focus your topic
    • Plan and research
    • Sketch a storyboard
    • Report, interview, observe
    • Edit and revise
    • Test and troubleshoot
your future as a multimedia journalist
Your future as a Multimedia Journalist
  • The Backpack Journalist
    • Write, shoot and record
  • What skills do you need?
    • Strong writing
    • Use digital still camera, video camera, audio recorder
    • Edit photos, videos, html
  • Global, yet personal
    • How does it affect your readers?
  • The Bottom Line: Sky’s the limit
    • May the force be with you……
chapter 11 computer assisted reporting and research
Chapter 11: Computer-Assisted Reporting and Research
  • Traditional journalism skills:
    • Good interviewing
    • Accurate note-taking
    • Organization and fast writing
  • New journalism skills:
    • Searching the Internet
    • Using email, chat programs for collaboration, interviews
    • Building computer spreadsheets
    • Using online databases
    • Laptop computers
    • Cell phones
    • Wireless internet
    • Digital cameras
precision journalism
Precision Journalism
  • Precision Journalism, book by Philip Meyer
    • Among the first journalists to experiment with social science tools of public opinion surveys, statistical analysis to examine social problems of the 1960s
    • Desktop computer revolution of 1980s led to journalism specialty
    • Today, evolved into computer-assisted reporting, or CAR
stories by car specialists
Stories by CAR specialists
  • Criminal justice sentencing patterns
  • Election campaign contributions
  • Election results
  • Tax roll studies
  • School test scores
  • Residential segregation
local examples of car stories
Local examples of CAR stories
  • Hospital deaths in state
  • Housing values drop
  • Nursing home abuses
  • Rip tide currents
  • State budget analysis
online research
Online research
  • Newspaper archives, commercial databases
    • Duluth News-Tribune
  • Using the Internet
    • Email
    • Listservs
    • Newsgroups
    • Chat
    • World Wide Web
e mail
  • What an email account means
    • lkragnes@d.umn.edu
      • Name: lucy kragness
      • @: at
      • Host computer: Duluth University of Minnesota
      • Type of host computer: education
  • Types of host computer:
      • edu: educational institution
      • org: nonprofit organization
      • gov: government
      • com: commercial
      • net: network
      • mil: military
  • Virtual community of people linked together by some common interest
    • NICAR-L list: National Institute of Computer-Assisted Reporting at the University of Missouri
  • “One to many” communication
  • Emails sent to all members of the listserv
  • Most open to anyone, some are moderated
  • Typically, 15 percent actively post messages, others are “lurkers”
where to find listservs
Where to find listservs
  • Tile.net: www.tile.net
  • Profnet: www.profnet.com
  • ‘zines: Use a search engine such as Google
  • Save instruction email when sign on to a listserv

Find a listserv to possibly join…..

  • Post messages to a newsgroup area
    • An electronic bulletin board
  • Messages posted publicly
  • Like listservs, good source of story ideas
  • Google Groups: groups.google.com
  • Online Forum
    • Similar to newsgroups, but open to members of a specific service
  • Online chat areas are real-time typed “conversations”
  • Chat room
    • Can be waste of time unless active area
    • Major websites host chat sessions with prominent people
  • Find chat rooms at:
    • ICQ (I seek you): www.searchirc.com
    • Yahoo: chat.yahoo.com
world wide web
World Wide Web
  • Began in late 1960s as U.S. military project
  • For 20 years, used by computer engineers, research scientists, government contractors
    • Problem: Mastery of often cryptic commands
  • Gopher: Early way to navigate the web
  • Hyper-text system developed in 1989 by Tim Berner-Lee, a Swiss physicist
  • By 1994, WWW began to eclipse Gopher
why did the web grow
Why did the Web grow?
  • Hypertext markup language (HTML) coding and web browser software meant that Web pages could be created that incorporate text, images, sound files
  • Web pages designed to easily link to other pages
  • Web pages could be interactive
useful information
Useful information
  • Government websites
    • Securities and Exchange Commission: www.sec.gov
      • Annual reports, etc., about publicly owned comptanies
    • U.S. Census Bureau: www.census.gov
      • Population statistics
    • White House: www.whitehouse.gov
    • Minnesota Legislature: http://www.leg.state.mn.us/
  • Companies
    • Often find a company: www.companyname.com
      • Duluth.com
    • Greenpeace: www.greenpeace.org
    • Amnesty International: www.amnesty.org
    • World Health Organization: www.who.org
  • Reference Works
    • UMD Library
    • Information Please almanac: www.infoplease.com
    • Merriam-Webster dictionary, thesaurus
      • www.m-w.com/dictionary.htm
search tool categories
Search tool categories
  • Directories: organized by subject
    • Yahoo: www.yahoo.com
    • Health Finder: www.healthfinder.gov
  • Spiders/Robots: Roam the Web, index words
    • Google: www.google.com
    • AltaVista: www.altavista.com
    • HotBot: www.hotbot.lycos.com
“Shaft” search sites: Like spiders, but only goes to certain selected Web sites
    • TotalNews searches news sites: www.totalnews.com
    • Medical World Search: www.mwsearch.com
    • Euroseek: www.euroseek.com
  • Metasearch databases: multiple search engines
    • Dogpile: www.dogpile.com
    • Metacrawler: www.metacrawler
  • Scouting reports: Evaluated, annotated by scouts
    • Poynter Institute for Media Studies
    • FindLaw: www.findlaw.org
  • Web Rings: www.webring.com
  • Guessing:
    • Let’s find: White House, Burger King, Mayo Clinic, St. Scholastica
checklist when looking at websites
Checklist when looking at websites
  • Authority
    • Who sponsors page? Link to goals?
  • Accuracy
    • Sources listed so they can be verified
    • Free of grammatical, spelling errors
  • Objectivity
    • Check if biases clearly stated
  • Timeliness
    • Look for dates showing when page was written
  • Coverage
    • Is the page complete or under construction?
ways to use website information
Ways to use website information
  • Story ideas: identify trends, interest of readers
  • Use as background information
    • When have new story assignment, search the web for similar stories, ideas
    • Find sources on a particular topic
  • Make sure the website is legitimate
  • Never attribute by writing “according to the Internet”
dan rather assignment
Dan Rather Assignment
  • Out of Class Assignment: Due today
next week s assignment
Next week’s assignment
  • Computer Assisted Reporting worksheet
  • Due: October 29

In-class Assignment: Due today

  • Editing classmate story
    • Make changes, give to reporter
    • Editing form returned to me: Worth 5 points
  • Rewrite Hard News 2 mayoral stories
    • Using all of the editing suggestions, rewrite/edit your story
    • Email final copy to: lkragnes@d.umn.edu
      • Worth 5 points
    • Stories will be posted on class website:
      • http://blog.lib.umn.edu/lkragnes/jour2001fall2007/
  • Doublecheck assignments correct in egradebook:
    • http://www.d.umn.edu/egradebook
  • Store academic information on your Electronic Portfolio. Each student has 100 mb of storage.
  • Access Electronic Portfolio at: https://portfolio.umn.edu/portfolio/index.jsp