Notes for discussion with #J361

Tomorrow, I’ll be talk­ing with Suzi Steffen’s Reporting One class. In June I posted a link round-up from a visit with the sum­mer ses­sion of the class. Below are some links, tips, and high­lights of what I’ll talk about Wednesday.

Short his­tory lesson

I highly rec­om­mend read­ing through two posts that deal with a bit of jour­nal­ism history.

First is Jay Rosen’s “The Journalists Formerly Known as the Media: My Advice to the Next Generation”. He talks about the fun­da­men­tal ten­ants in soci­ety that are needed before jour­nal­ism can exist.

Jay also issues a bit of a ral­ly­ing cry for prospec­tive journalists:

The dig­i­tal rev­o­lu­tion changes the equa­tion. It brings for­ward a new bal­ance of forces, putting the tools of pro­duc­tion and the pow­ers of dis­tri­b­u­tion in the hands of the peo­ple for­merly known as the audi­ence. And so you have the oppor­tu­nity to become the jour­nal­ists for­merly known as the media, car­rier class for a new under­stand­ing of the peo­ple “out there” on the receiv­ing end of what jour­nal­ists make.

The sec­ond must-read post is from Cody Brown. He recently launched a beta ver­sion of Kommons and this was the post that kicked it off. My per­sonal favorite for the idea of a “mag­i­cal jour­nal­ism box.”

Design and Content

Shawn Blanc’s “Content Distribution, Metrics of Impact, and Advertising” is also a good read. It’s a good thought exper­i­ment to think about where users will engage with con­tent and what makes you and author­i­ta­tive source deserv­ing of their time and atten­tion.

Also, go read Jonathan Stray’s recent post, “Designing jour­nal­ism to be used.” There are a lot of inter­est­ing ideas in there and analy­sis about why the aver­age American only spends 12 min­utes on a news site every month.

Finally, I rec­om­mend watch­ing the video embed­ded below of a recent Khoi Vinh talk. Khoi was the Design Director at the New York Times until he decided to leave and pur­sue his own work.

There’s also some good stuff in that ear­lier link post so if you’re look­ing for pod­casts, help with WordPress-related things or just like to read check it out.