Monthly Archives: November 2018

Monday, 05 Nov 2018

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Pre-Election Story

Choose some election-related theme. Pay attention to how journalists at several different news organizations cover the story. Write a blog post that applies what you have learned so far to the coverage you encounter on your chosen election-related topic.

Start at news.google.com. Try to get views from a range of sources — not just the simplistic “Fox vs Everyone else.”

See Vanessa Otero’s chart on media bias. She notes that good journalism is being produced from sites that lean left and sites that lean right; as long as you get a balanced diet of credible journalism, the slant of any one publication does not directly affect credibility. But on the right and left there are fringe groups that mostly rely on opinion, commenting on and spinning the original reporting done by the actual news organizations.

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Principles of American Journalism Ch4

Read Chapter 4.

Respond to the chapter by making references to your own work as a student journalist, and/or your encounters with journalism in other contexts.

Wednesday, 07 Nov 2018

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Post-Election Story

Similar to the last assignment, but the difference is you are now covering stories filed after the election. Again, seek multiple perspectives on the same issue, and demonstrate your ability to apply what you have learned to the coverage of your chosen post-election topic.

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Principles of American Journalism Ch5

Read Chapter 5.

Respond to the chapter by making references to your own work as a student journalist, and/or your encounters with journalism in other contexts.

Friday, 09 Nov 2018

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Portfolio 3

Monday, 12 Nov 2018

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Principles of American Journalism Ch6 + Codes of Ethics

Read Chapter 6, and also the “Code of Ethics” from 2 different organizations (see the appendix).

Respond to the chapter by making references to your own work as a student journalist, and/or your encounters with journalism in other contexts.

Wednesday, 14 Nov 2018

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Nellie Bly

During class, read and respond to these resources  on Nellie Bly.

Bly got her auspicious start in 1885, after writing an anonymous, extremely caustic response to a misogynist article in the Pittsburg Dispatch. Her letter caught the eye of the paper’s editor-in-chief, who advertised for the author to reveal herself so that he could hire her as a columnist.

Nellie Bly (her new pen name) spent almost a year fielding assignments that fell into a category that is now sometimes called “the pink ghetto”— pieces on fashion, decorating, entertaining, and gardening. Fed up, she went freelance and travelled to Mexico, where, in the course of six months, she filed more than thirty dispatches as a foreign correspondent. —New Yorker

 

In 1888 Bly suggested to her editor at the New York World that she take a trip around the world, attempting to turn the fictional Around the World in Eighty Days into fact for the first time. A year later, at 9:40 a.m. on November 14, 1889, and with two days’ notice,[19] she boarded the Augusta Victoria, a steamer of the Hamburg America Line,[20] and began her 40,070 kilometer journey. –Wikipedia: Nellie Bly

 

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Principles of American Journalism Ch7

Read Chapter 7.

Respond to the chapter by making references to your own work as a student journalist, and/or your encounters with journalism in other contexts.

Monday, 19 Nov 2018

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Principles of American Journalism Ch8