Online Journalism: Fridays 2009


the class blog for Columbia College Chicago’s Online Journalism class: Friday edition

Our guest for Friday

We are very lucky to be joined this Thursday by Kenyatta Cheese, one of the masterminds behind the independent video site Rocketboom. As we discussed last week, Rocketboom has been a real trailblazer in terms of creating independent, journalistic videos on a small budget to a wide audience.

Familiarize yourself with the work that Kenyatta and company at Rocketboom before you come to class.

We’re VERY lucky to have Kenyatta, and so I’ll say it again: Come to class prepared with questions–AND ASK THEM


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Listening & reading for Friday

We will be joined at the start of class by Jesse Thorn, the creator and host of the podcast and radio show The Sound of Young America. Please visit the show’s archives and listen to at least two shows that look interesting to you. Note when listening that the show is produced out of his home.

Please come to class prepared to ask Jesse questions–we are very lucky to have him with us.

In addition, we’ll be talking about strategies for successful podcasts, as well as the technical ins-and-outs of basic audio editing and podcast publishing. To prepare for that, please read:

Podcasting 101
How to Create Your Own Podcast”
Podcasting in WordPress
Tips for Better Podcasts
Audio Editing with Audacity
BEWARE COPYRIGHT: Legal guide for podcasters

Additional Podcasting Resources
Audacity, a basic but robust free audio editor.
Podcasting with Garageband
Nice tutorial on fading tracks in Audacity
Good basic microphone & interviewing techniques

Audio hosting & podcast feed information
Our Media, a good free site to host your podcast audio. It’s run by the non-profit Internet Archives
This looks like it may offer some more robust Podcasting features in WordPress
Feedburner, a service that allows you to track subscribers to your podcast feed.
How to submit your podcast to iTunes

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Our guest this week

We will be joined this week by Andrew Huff, the co-founder of Gapers Block, a great online news outlet for Chicago with a clear audience and voice to set it apart from its mainstream competition. Please familiarize yourself with the site and come to class prepared to ask insightful questions.

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