Online Journalism: Fridays 2009


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

Readings & Links 5-8-09

Analytics: Understanding Where they’re coming from
Google Analytics
Beginning Analytics video
Analytics basics
The Death of the Page View
Google Analytics for WordPress Plug-in

Make Modest Money: Simple ad programs
Google Adsense
iTunes Affiliates
Amazon Associates


Filed under: lecture links, readings

Lecture Links and Additional Readings 4-17-09

Examples of web video storytelling: a new medium for journalism
Vigil for teen crash victim
More than a mailman
The Boda Boda Motorbikes of Kenya
World Pillow Fight Day
Flick’s Mobile Home Park
Sonnenzimmer portrait (by yours truly)

Finding your audience and your stride case study: Wine Library TV
Wine Library TV: episode one
Wine Library TV: episode 587 (he’s almost 100 episodes up on this one now)

Additional references
Mindy McAdam’s excellent pointers on making good web videos
iMovie Tutorials These are specific to iMovie 6, but they’re an excellent primer for basic editing, produced by colleagues in the journalism department here.
Mastering Multimedia a great blog written by a video journalist for the Spokesman Review.
Multimedia shooter a site with tons of references to great multimedia journalism and tons of tech.

Filed under: lecture links, readings

lecture links and additional reading 3-10-09

Our Project
The drop for our Olympic Bid reaction assignment

The Mobile Web
Mobile Data: the next hurdle for journalism
The Mobile Web reaches a critical mass
Last year, cell phone users texted more than they called
Japan’s cell novels
The iPhone gold rush

The Geo-Locational Web
Ushahidi an amazing example of the use of both mobile devices and geo-locational reporting coming out of Kenya.
Everyblock: The gold standard for geolocational journalism
Italy’s earthquake mapped
More earthquake mapping
Going to far? Prop 8 maps
Penguin books maps a novel
Google’s simple-to-follow instructions for creating basic maps.
Strategies for using Google Maps, from the simple to the easy to the very complex.

Also: Reuter’s MoJo (mobile journalism) initiative

Filed under: lecture links, readings

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

Filed under: guest speakers, lecture links, tech time

lecture links 3-20-09

Search Engine Optimization
The Basics of Search Engine Optimization
Writing for Search Engine Optimization
Creating the Curious/Known combo headline
The worst spelled, most informative explanation of basic SEO you’ll find on the web, with lots of great links

Link Journalism and the Deep Dive
Jay Rosen on the “national explainer” concept
Scott Karp on “link journalism”
Karp’s Publish 2 system

a deep dive example

Copyright and Creative Commons
The mindblowing remixes of Kutiman
The Electronic Frontier Foundation explains copyright issues for bloggers.
Creative Commons Explained.
Creative Commons Search

Filed under: lecture links

Lecture Links 2-27-09

two stories of social journalism
The story of Ana Marie Cox funding her McCain reporting via Twitter.

Talking Points Memo unleashes the power of the crowd

Amsterdam plane crash interview

social tools for experimentation demoed in class
Delicious: social bookmarking

Digg: social recommendation

Flickr: social photosharing

Twitter: social communications

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Lecture Links 2-13-09

CSS Type SetA great WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editor for setting text with CSS. Brilliantly easy and great to use.

good tutorial on CSS positioning if you can grasp how to use CSS to put things where you want them to be in a browser window, there’s almost nothing you can’t do.

Google Search API Wizards This is a fantastic link of easy (no real coding necessary) ways of bringing external content to your site via XML-based APIs (application programing interfaces). From embedding videos to news into your site, this basic (and extremely extensible, if you want to go that route) collection of scripts will get you dynamic content with ease.

Custom RSS GadgetThis is a very customizable Google Gadget that allows you to embed a feed into a box on your site. You have extensive control over colors, sizes, etc. This is an excellent way to take query-based RSS (like a search on Craigslist) and turn it into content.

There are hundreds of APIs available with which to build upon. Most, however, are not as simple as the examples we worked on in class. If you’re at all curious at the possibilities, visit Programmable Web

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Lecture links 2-6-09

Party like it’s 1994: The original website for Mosaic, the browser that changed everything.

Firebug, the Firefox add-on that lets you dig into site designs.

TextWrangler, the free text editor we used in class today. (PC folks, you can use the Notepad built into your computer. Really! You would be amazed at how many web developers use it.)

CSS Zen Garden an incredible resource for downloadable CSS-based site designs. Don’t just take it out of the can, but look at what they’re doing and borrow code to tweak and customize and learn. a very intuitive web app to pick HTML-ready colors.

Filed under: lecture links

lecture links 1-30-09

Chicago has an incredible wealth of local online news sources. Here is a representative collection, starting with the Big Two and moving down.

Chicago Tribune
Chicago Sun Times

Gapers Block
The Chicagoist
Chi-Town Daily News
Beechwood Reporter
Huffington Post Chicago

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