This semester, my students in Journalism Tools (JRNL10) have been learning about the tools of journalism in an environment where new tools like Google Buzz and iPads are coming to market and being adopted in a flurry of buzz. It’s a time when a company like Ning can pull the rug out from under us digital homesteaders who avail ourselves of their (free) services in order to educate our students, or where Facebook can unilaterally impose a new privacy regime that potentially exposes even more of our selves to aggregators and possible nefarious digital ne’er-do-wells. It’s a time when journalism’s giga-decades of experienced hands conclude that, yes, change is necessary and that these new tools and new ways are sincerely affecting our proud trade dramatically and that in order for us to continue to provide our service to society, to ply our trade, we are going to have to find ways to extract revenues from a fickle crowd, or learn how to do what we do more efficiently and productively. I haven’t written here in a while. It’s not that I have been slacking, but my attention turned to closing out the semester and getting my students to a point where the hours in the classroom reflect well in a final piece of multimedia journalism. The @jrnl10 students are producing final projects that include: a 1.5-minute video shot on a Flip camcorder or other video camera, plus a story told in text, with links, as well as a social-media plan for engagement. The stories will be posted on Nassau News LIve, the hyperlocal, student-run community website that I have developed in partnership with Tim Robertson, a ‘10 Hofstra master’s candidate. The stories will also be posted to http://jrnl10.spruz.com, the students’ second social media site for the semester.Somewhere along the way from December to January, I came to the conclusion that Facebook is setting the standard for web interfaces and that sites should just come with those interactive bells and whistles, so I adopted Ning and suggested that students use the site and incorporate its out-of-the-box community functions and interactivity into their reportage. @jrnl10 adopted Ning to house the team/class video project (http://jrnl10.ning.com), a report on social media, and then they went about building onto their reporting by adding links, blog posts, photographs and recruiting new members and exchanging welcomes and comments. They also analyzed their work in terms of pay and created a corporate structure with five stakeholders (university, executives, entrepreneur, labor and public) and determined a virtual value for their work ($10,000). They now have 43 members who are interacting and they are tracking the growth and value of their network by looking at it through the lens of engagement.Their work became even more focused when Hofstra alum Jeff Pulver visited the campus and spoke to the class. He joined a great list of others who have visited the class including Ethan Dreilinger, Samuel Rubenfeld, Andrzej Sienko, and Marcus Vanderberg. That led to the students participating in the 140conf where two students joined a panel I assembled, talking about their future in journalism. Then, over the weekend, it was alumni time at the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia, a gathering of a couple hundred people who represent the finest in journalism, a group of people concerned about society and its issues and about their ability to make a living from our shared passion. The mood was optimistic and I am too. I think we have a generation of students in the classrooms who understand that change is happening and if they want to pursue their passion, they must stay close to their ethics and refine traditional skills in writing and information gathering as well as social skills — in person and online. Please join the project at http://jrnl10.spruz.com and comment and add value to the community of young journalists. Related articles by Zemanta
— In the last decade over 200 high schools in California have scrubbed journalism.
— students who worked on high school papers and yearbooks scored better on college admission tests and tended to have higher grades in their first year of college.
— the publications become more feature and opinion oriented, while lacking hard news. This tends to feed the very problems that young writers face in the expanding online world, where everyone has an opinion and the glorious freedom to express it, but too often without proper discipline in reporting, editing and fact-checking.
— Many schools, for example, are combining basic journalism with video and computer classes, where the focus tends to be more on the medium than the message.
I generally don’t like posting officially released material, but this is a must. This is the mono version of She’s Leaving Home from The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.
The mono box is worth it just to hear this. While all the tracks on Sgt. Pepper have differences between the mono and the stereo mixes, the mono mix of “She’s Leaving Home” is the most drastic compared to anything else. The mix is faster, putting Paul’s vocal at his normal range. I also think it makes the strings sound amazingly beautiful.
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“There is an account of the same incident by David Finkel, the Washington Post reporter who spent fifteen months with the battalion involved, the 2-16. It appears in Chapter 5 of Finkel’s powerful book about the surge, “The Good Soldiers.” It takes about as long to read those twenty-two pages as it does to watch the seventeen-minute video (which Finkel must have seen long before it was leaked), but you learn much more from the book—about the actions of the militiamen that day and previous days, about the thoughts and feelings of some of the American ground troops, about the difference between being on the streets and several thousand feet up at the controls of an Apache, about the ambiguous role of the Iraqi police. Finkel gives what he calls “four versions of the war” on that single day. The soldiers are callous, as you would expect young men caught up in a particularly ugly and confusing kind of war to be. Callous and angry—and also, in other moments, hopeful, generous, capable of friendliness toward Iraqis. Literature—and Finkel’s book deserves the name—excels at this kind of breadth and depth of vision.”—George Packer with some context about the Wikileaks video.