Assigned Reading – Due Wednesday, March 25

Read Chapter 4, of Inside Reporting – Reporting Basics (click here to download the pdf)

Answer the following Assigned Reading Questions as you read:

1. In covering breaking news, you are four key things you should remember before running out to cover the story?

2. Why is it important to use multiple sources – even more than the three required for your Eagle’s Eye stories? Provide three reasons.

3. Name six different types of sources.

4. What are three ways to use someone’s information without plagiarizing?

5. What does it mean to Show, not Tell?

6. After reading page 76-77, tell me what you prefer – taking notes or recording interviews? What should you be cautious about with your preferred method of gathering information?

7. How should you prepare for an interview?

8. You may not use an anonymous source in your Eagle’s Eye articles unless it has been cleared by me. What are some valid reasons for using an anonymous source?

9. Why use “said” in attribution?

10. How can you be more diverse in your sources for Eagle’s Eye articles?


Mass Media & American Society – Week of 8/18


During this course, you will be learning about the freedoms, responsibilities and roles of the American mass media. You will consider the time-honored rights in the Bill of Rights such as Freedom of Speech and Freedom of the Press, as well as the current challenges of the press with credibility, media ownership, and ethics in online publishing.

To begin our understanding of our freedoms in the First Amendment, the conflicts when they must be balanced by public security, and the role of the free press in a democracy, you only have to look to the current events in Ferguson, Missouri.

John Nichols of The Nation wrote: What has evolved since the death of Michael Brown, however, illustrates the challenges that arise when law-enforcement officials fail to fully recognize and embrace their dual responsibility: to maintain public safety while at the same time guaranteeing the rights of Americans to speak, to practice journalism, to assemble for the purpose of making demands on those in power.

Your first assignment is to examine the constitutional issues at play in Ferguson, and then write a one-page reflection about those First Amendment rights, whether they were violated, and whether the public’s safety justifies the police actions. You can email the paper to me by Wednesday, Aug. 27.

You can update yourself on the events in Ferguson with this PBS timeline.

Listen to the constitutional issues that have arisen with this NPR story and then read a blog post about the arrests of journalists in Ferguson. CNN also offers a story about the balance between rights and the public’s good. Also, here’s what President Obama has to say about Ferguson – start watching at the 4:40 mark.

College Nationals: Final Results


It was a great week for the SNC students that we are fortunate enough to have representing our school on the ski and snowboard teams. After a week competing at Whiteface Mountain for the 36th annual USCSA College National Championships, the athletes are proud to be taking home yet again, multiple national titles.

Last Saturday the alpine team, as well as our freestyle ski and snowboard teams, left the blue skies and warm temps in Tahoe and flew into the sub zero temperatures, ice, and wind gust that make up the majority of the weather in Upstate New York.

Despite the frigid temperatures, SNC was all smiles throughout their week spent competing. Not only did the team enjoy their time together, but they did an amazing job in each division of the competition.

The men’s alpine team, as well as both the men and women’s freestyle snowboard and ski teams were each crowned the overall national champions for their divisions. In addition, our women’s alpine team came in second place overall, respectively, for what was a very close competition against Rocky Mountain College.

Over all combined individual results:

Men’s freestyle skier:

2nd Austin Simonpietri

3rd Jaime Melton

4th Alden Spence

6th Jasen Arens

20th Kyle Murphy

23rd Ben Merril

Women’s freestyle skier:

1st Katie Souza

3rd Jamie Wanzek

5th Holly Hind

Men’s snowboarder :

1st Marco Gooding

3rd Ian Wieczorek

5th Armeen Pirooz

8th Austin Leal

13th Ian Van Metre

Women’s snowboarder:

1st Ashley Vander Meer

4th Danielle Steinhoff

5th Emma Romo

11th Amber Hart

12th Kelsey Madro

Men’s alpine

1st Jaka Jazbec

2nd Finlay Neeson

4th Elias Stuerz

Women’s alpine

3rd Marie­Theres Noichl

4th Emilie Lamoureux

Multitrack Audio Editing Tutorial

You will need to know how to do multitrack editing in Audacity in order to add natural sound and multiple interviews to your Audio Soundslide. Please listen to this 15-minute tutorial by Mindy McAdams, a professor at the University of Florida who operates a blog, Teaching Online Journalism.

Once you are finished, download the two MP3 files in McAdams’ Multitrack Audio exercise (guitar and narration). Import them into Audacity and then create a multitrack audio. Do not worry about the rest of the assignment instructions in that link. Once you have created a multitrack audio, take a screen shot of it (command shift 3) and email it to me,

This is worth 10 points at completion.

Boston Marathon bombings media coverage

Boston Marathon bombings media coverage

What went right, what went wrong, and what can a journalism student learn from it?

  1. Watch this excellent video on what happened.
  2. Here’s how The Boston Globe went into action to cover the bombings
  3. The live blog which the Boston Globe created in order to keep up with the fast flow of news and information coming in
  4. A Storify created by Hong @hqu  about the first tweets from the bombing. To watch, use the link below.
  5. Who Broke the News of the Boston Marathon Bombing?

    News travels at the speed of light in social media, both figuratively and literally. Two bombs exploded at approximately 2:50 p.m. EDT on April 15th, 2013 in Boston. On Twitter, reports of the bombing materialized in real time. Below is a chronology of tweets that “broke the news.”

  6. Once the media coverage began, good and bad journalism emerged. There were several thoughtful analyses from the journalism community concerning the coverage. Be sure to read the links in the stories as well.

  7. Some commentary on the mistakes…
  8. Jon Stewart’s sarcasm offers a humorous perspective.
  9. Finally, this is a video of a May 1 program by the Neiman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard, called “Timing, Trust and Credibility in the Age of Twitter.” It is so fascinating because Boston reporters tell their own stories about covering the bombing with Twitter, video, traditional reporting; how they organized themselves for the coverage; and what they did to ensure their reporting was accurate.

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