Still, needed to decide which books, if any, to use to teach JOUR 1550. Carole Burns showed me "Online Journalism: Principles and Practices of News for the Web," by James C. Foust. I think I will be able to make that work. Searching the Internet led me to another book, "The Digital Journalist's Handbook," by Mark S. Luckie. He describes himself as a digital journalist who combines his love for journalism with his passion for technology. I will use his book as well.
What really impressed me is Luckie's blog, 10,000 Words, which he created as a resource for journalists and web and technology enthusiasts to learn the tools that are shaping digital journalism. I came across the blog while looking for someone else's account on Twitter – and saw that the 10,000 Words account has 12,725 followers. I quickly added myself to that number and will spend a lot of time reviewing all the previous posts, archives and useful sites offered. (Check out How Mark Luckie Created 'The Digital Journalist's Handbook' from another blog.)
Here's his latest post: 5 myths about digital journalism. His list includes 1) journalists must know everything, 2) social media is the answer, 3) journalists must have database development skills, 4) comments suck/comments are essential for democracy and 5) there are no journalism jobs. He ends the last item by saying: "All hope is not lost, though. Make sure you set yourself apart from the pack by developing diverse and unique skills (which don't always have to be digital). If you're unemployed, use the opportunity to learn or develop independent projects that demonstrate your ongoing commitment to journalism." Sounds like excellent advice for my students.
Well, then, that was 94 words from Luckie. Now, only 9,906 more to go!
UPDATE (December 1): Walked into Diederich College Dean Lori Bergen's office today and saw this book, "Producing Online News: Digital Skills, Stronger Stories," resting on her desk. It's by Ryan M. Thornburg, a University of North Carolina professor. This definitely has possibilities for my class. Thornburg also has his own blog, Producing Online News. His latest post offers a sample syllabus called, Producing Online News. OMG!