Hello from ONA

As some of you know, I’m at the annual gathering of the Online News Association from today until Sunday (thanks BJ and Maddy for taking care of my classes!) I’m going to try and blog as much as possible on what’s going on here…

I’m sitting in a session right now on gaming the news. Gail Robinson, the editor of Gotham Gazette is going through what her site is doing with games and you can find some of what they do here. One really interesting game is The Garbage Glut. The Gotham Gazette is a small operation — about six staffers — so the downside is the turnaround time on these games. Robinson says they take months at a time to produce and larger news operations for the most part are unable to do them any quicker.

This is going to be an exciting conference. I’m moderating two panels this week: One on how to teach blogging to students, as well as a panel on ethics in online journalism.

Last night, I hung out for a bit with an interesting group. Mark Briggs, an editor in the online realm who I’ve known for years and who wrote Journalism 2.0; Jena Janovy, one of the truly innovative editors at espn.com; Mark Grabowicz of UC-Berkeley ]; and Rich Gordon from Northwestern.

We spent some time talking about Twitter. I’ve gone back and forth on whether this is “fad or future” but I think it’s becoming pretty clear we need to find ways to start talking about the influence of Twitter on journalism. Briggs said he had signed up a while ago but then only started following people in the past several weeks and was able to find out who was coming to the conference through Twitter. So, at its base, it’s a way to pass along information and stay connected. But, how do we introduce this on the education spectrum? More TK on this…

Grabowicz and Gordeon teach multimedia and agreed that the approach of having students doing team projects is the way to go. We also spoke about how writing needs to remain a priority with students on multimedia packages, even though that can prove difficult at times. What’s also interesting is that both schools had their faculty go through “bootcamps” to learn multimedia. Worth considering?

More to come…..

Steve

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About journalismprof

Steve joined the journalism faculty at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in August 2007 and has been working to incorporate multimedia across the curriculum. Since arriving at UMass, Steve has developed three courses modeled after his multimedia journalism course. The courses allow students to work in teams in a newsroom-like environment where they work on packages -- using video, audio and photos to tell stories. He is also working with students on developing amherstwire.com, a news Web site staffed completely by students. Steve has more than 25 years of experience as an editor and reporter for print and online publications, including 10 as an editor at washingtonpost.com. He also edits part-time for espn.com with the NFL and college football network.
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One Response to Hello from ONA

  1. Amber V says:

    well this sounded like fun, steve.

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