First, an overview of how these will typically work. Just about every week has an assigned reading from the Mark Briggs textbook, Journalism Next. In addition, I’ll typically put up a post here (usually by Wednesday) with some links to online readings. You are required to post a response to these readings no later than noon on the Monday before class; you’ll post your response as a comment in reply to the Read & Respond blog post (like this one).
Your response must address the majority of the online readings AND the Briggs reading; if you leave out one or the other, you’ll only get half credit. They don’t need to be huge, but they should be substantial. You’ll know it when you see it.
Now on with this week’s assignment.
As the syllabus says, you’ll be reading Briggs’ introduction and chapter 1. As you work to develop your blog’s focus, Briggs offers some suggestions. Note his point from innovator Greg Linch: “It’s not about you.” What can you write about that gets beyond yourself and meaningfully adds to the ongoing conversation?
Briggs also touches on RSS readers (we’ll cover these this week), and you should all be looking for blogs to follow. Your audience already exists – who’s writing for them, and how are they doing it? After Briggs, check out this link from 10,000 Words on ideas for RSS feeds. What potential ways to develop your blog’s content do you see these offering you?
(Briggs also offers also a simple HTML coding exercise on p. 27-28 that you can try, which you can get a head start on with your Codecademy account – you’ve all signed up for that, right?)
Things like RSS feeds and Twitter allow us a lot of control over the information we receive. Is that a good thing? Vetern newsman Ted Koppel has some thoughts on the subject in “The Case Against News We Can Choose.” Although Koppel’s more directly addressing 24-hour news stations, his ideas certainly are relevant to the online world of information. How do his points inform our work in this class?
So have at it! You will need to respond to these readings in a comment on this post no later than noon on Monday, Aug. 26. A few things to make sure of:
- Post as your WordPress identity so I know who you are.
- Specifically address the readings, but don’t just summarize – build on them!