March 18: Online copyright & ethics

Tuesday’s agenda: Read the Online copyright & ethics folder materials. We’ll go over some basic guidelines in class as well. And we’ll talk about your intro videos–be sure yours is done & posted to your blog “about” page.

Due Tuesday: Your intro video (if you didn’t finish it before spring break) and Blog post 7 & tweet it. Your blog post should be either a:

  1. Top 5 list of ways to not violate copyright/intellectual property laws
  2. Top 5 list of ways to not get sued for what you post online

The list should:

  • Be your own words that summarize/paraphrase the reading(s)
  • Begin with a brief intro paragraph that gives an overview of what you’re writing (a lead, if you will…)
  • Include links to the materials you cited
  • Be written using online writing principles (bulletpoints, headings, etc.)
  • Be concise. No more than three sentences for each of your five items.

For Thursday: We’ll have a guest speaker via Skype. Amy Zerba, who has worked at the Austin American-Statesman and CNN online and now works at the New York Times, is joining us to talk about journalism, technology, and starting your careers.

Due Thursday: Read/watch the materials below so you’ll be familiar with Amy’s work. You need to tweet at least one question to her by the start of class and use #mpj2014

Also due Thursday: Three story ideas for Project 2. Yes, it’s time to start thinking about Project 2 already! (Project 2 is due April 22.) Email me your story ideas or share via Google doc.

  • Project 2 must use two platforms, and one of those platforms must be different from what you’re using in Project 1. (Example: If you’re doing online video + online writing for Project 1, your Project 2 can’t use both of those. You can, however, use one of them;  it would be OK to use online writing + photos for Project 2.)

Format for story ideas

What: in two sentences, explain the central focus of your story. If it’s an event, when is it? (Project 1 is due April 1)

How: which two formats (online writing, photo, etc.) will you use and why are those the best ways to tell this story?

Sources (must have three)

  • Name & title: Must have named sources (not “a student”)
  • Contact info: How will you contact this person?
  • Contribution: in 1-2 sentences, explain what information you expect this person to contribute to your story
  • Five questions: List 5 questions you will ask this person to get the info you need for this story

Visuals: in 3-4 sentences explain what type of visuals you will use and how they will help illustrate the story


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