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New York Times coverage of Obama’s speech – a different reporting form

The New York Times used the tools of the web to bring the story of Barack Obama’s speech to Congress last week in a different and innovative way. The web offers journalists many opportunities to report on events in ways that we never could have done with another medium. Witness the New York Times coverage […]

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Reforming the J-curriculum: beginning at the beginning

To really reform a journalism curriculum, you have to begin at the beginning. The faculty of the School of Journalism and Electronic Media at the University of Tennessee decided at its first faculty meeting of the semester in January to make some definite moves toward revising our curriculum to recognize the realities of the changing […]

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The demise of newspapers means better journalism

We who contemplate the importance of journalism look at the future with trepidation. What happens to journalism, we ask, when newspapers continue on their inevitable decline? The question assumes that journalism itself will be diminished.I am coming to a different conclusion: Journalism will improve once newspapers die or decline to a minor medium. Note that […]

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Qualities of the digital journalist

Steve Outing, a well-known thinker and writer about online journalism, has envisioned the not-so-distant future digital newsroom in his January 28 column for Editor and Publisher. (The All-Digital Newsroom of the Not-So-Distant Future) The whole thing is well worth reading and, journalism profs, recommending to your students. Of particular interest is what Outing says will […]

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Editing for the web: discussion notes for journalism instructors

These notes are designed for editing instructors who want to conduct a section on editing for the web or online journalism instructors who want to teach their students about the special considerations for editing for a news web site. An example of taking a “for print” story and making it into a “for the web” […]

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ICONN: First take on the final day

The prevailing feeling I absorbed from the second day of the founders conference of the Intercollegiate Online News Network (ICONN) was this: A good time was had by all. We see a bright, innovative, exciting time for us (educators, professionals, students) and for our avocation (journalism). We look forward to an age of creativity and […]

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Writing for Twitter – good journalism in 140 characters

When a dam that held millions of cubic yards of toxic coalash near Harriman, Tenn., broke a few days before Christmas 2008, no one paid much attention other than those immediately affected by it and the local media. The disaster was epic — compared to the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska in 1989. But […]

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Blogging the course – what’s fair?

This one hits disturbingly close to home. A New York University student has written a scathing report about her current course “Reporting Gen Y” and has included criticisms of the professor. The student said the prof was not up to speed on social media and podcasting and taught the course with an outdated mindset. It […]

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Public Conversation on Web Journalism conference at UT

The University of Tennessee School of Journalism and Electronic Media is hosting a two-day conference titled “A Public Conversation on Web Journalism” on April 3-4. The conference is being funded by a grant from the Scripps Foundation. It will feature Rob Curley, vice president of WashingtonPost.Newsweek Interactive, as the dinner speaker on Thursday evening. Among […]

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Writing summaries

The summary has developed into one of the major forms of writing of the Web. A concise, well-written summary allows the reader to gain information and understanding that is found more deeply in the site. Summaries are commonly located on the front page or the section front pages of a site, but they may also […]

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