Digital Journalism (Jan-May 2017)

Class on Tuesdays at 9.00 in the Mediacom Studio

Module Outline

17th January
Overview of Digital Journalism
Reading material: Editorial of Bob Franklin for Digital Journalism

24th January
Last week, I gave the handout A Typology for Media Organizations from the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. Please read and highlight for discussion in class.

I have shared by email the Drive folder which was shared with you for the Data Journalism workshop by Anina Mumm. As discussed, you are expected to review and update the project you had proposed for final publication. You may change the angle of the story if needed.

Teams that comprised Politics students may be reorganised within the class. Students who did not attend or are unsatisfied about their initial work may start over. The idea is to get your stories published either on your personal blog or on the Comstudies blog.

Please bring everything on a pen drive in class this Tuesday. No student should come empty handed. Make sure you bring a copy of all data sets you wish to use.

31st January
Last week, we started working on the exercise related to the handout A Typology for Media Organizations. You are expected to complete the exercise for class discussion.

I shared the link to The Future of Journalism. Risks, threats and opportunities from the Digital Journalism journal. Please read and highlight for discussion in class, with particular reference to the first editorial of the same journal.

We also carry on with the first data-driven project. Please bring everything on a pen drive in class this Tuesday. No student should come empty handed. Make sure you bring a copy of all data sets and calculations made.

Teams are expected to have completed the data exploration and relevant calculations this Tuesday in order to be able to prepare the key points to be covered and thus to complete the necessary interviews (whether text, audio or video) by next week, when they will be expected to finalise the piece for publication (scheduled for 7th February).

7th February
All teams are expected to show draft versions of their work (either on their personal blog or on this blog). Credentials for the Comstudies blog have been sent to you by email.

Interesting online reading:
Journalism, Media and Technology Trends and Predictions 2017 (There is a detailed report in PDF)
What does the future of publishing look like?

Update
No class on Tuesday 7th February due to the bad weather as per announcement by the Ministry of Education. Please carry on with the assignment nonetheless and keep me updated about your drafts.

14th February
All teams are expected to show advanced draft versions of their work (either on their personal blog or on this blog). Credentials for the Comstudies blog have been sent to you by email. So far, only one team has shown me a draft. All teams should do the same in class and are expected to be able to finalise their work for publication this week.

We will discuss the next assignment for the module in class. Also expect to have quizzes any time on any given week including this week…

21st February
All teams are expected to finish their assignment for publication. No further extension will be granted.

We need to move on to the next assignment. This will be discussed in class. All students are also expected to be in the Mediacom Studio on time. As from now, lateness will be noted and taken into consideration in marking.

Interesting online reading:
Journalism and Analytics: A Starter’s Guide to the Research
Great Journalism of 2016

First assignments posted online (there are still some amendments to be made):
Tea in Mauritius: an industry with potential. By Samuel Bathilde and Ashminta Bhantoo.
Déchets: chaque Mauricien produit 300kg de déchets annuellement. By Dasa Appalasawmy and Naheeda Alibocus.
Special Education Needs: An NGO Concern. By Aadilah Soobratty, Johann Bissessur and Jaya Bhujun.
Pedestrians and two-wheelers: the most vulnerable on our roads. By Ashminta Bhantoo and Yahya Munglee.

28th February
I have posted the first assignments submitted (there are still amendments to be made – please refer to the emails I have sent each team).
We start working on the next report. This will be a collective one with division of labour (writing text, photography, audio and video interviews, interactive charts and graphs). We will choose a theme in class and discuss all possible angles. Data collection and analysis will be done collectively.

Interesting opportunity
If you’re a student who’s passionate about journalism then we want to hear from you. Whether you’re a writer, blogger, vlogger, photographer, radio journalist or work in any other kind of media you can apply for a place at Future News Worldwide 2017 as long as you meet all of the eligibility requirements below. See more at: https://www.britishcouncil.org/future-news-worldwide/apply

Interesting online reading:
What is fake news? How to spot it and what you can do to stop it
No mugshot exploitation here: On one local news outlet’s unusual crime reporting policy on naming names
What makes a winning data story?
How Mark Zuckerberg could really fix journalism
Should tech companies subsidise journalism?
Hans Rosling: The best stats you’ve ever seen