Journalism Blog: Due Monday, April 13

You have two tasks before your response; first, you will read the article regarding the final edition of the Rocky Mountain News, which was published February 26, 2009: http://www.rockymountainnews.com/news/2009/feb/26/rocky-mountain-news-closes-friday-final-edition/. Once there, feel free to click on some of the related links, especially an op-ed section by a variety of staff writers under the heading "Columns & Blogs." You may not be able to access these in school, so do so over the break from home or the public library. Then view the YouTube video chronicling the paper's history, etc. A former student of mine at Northwestern University said that her journalism professor showed it to his class, and many "teared up" as they watched. Here is the link to the video (it's just short of four minutes in length): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Y8QOfUgbfs.

After all of that, respond by answering the following prompts (same as last blog entry): A) What was the article about? (in this case, articles, and include the video if you would like). B) How does all of this apply to the profession of journalism, our class, and more importantly, to the future of journalism in this country on the whole? C) What questions are you left with? Share at least two.

After your response, remember to go in and respond to the entries of at least three other staff members. Remember, this is due the Monday after break (by midnight at the very latest). Happy (or in this case, sad) blogging!


Journalism Blog: Photo Ban Lifted

The military reversed its policy regarding the photographing of soldiers' coffins. Read the article, "Coming Home In Public" by New York Times reporter Katharine Q. Seelye and react to it. Click here to connect:
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/15/weekinreview/15seelye.html. We are going to use the annotation approach again, so respond in your blog entry in three parts: 1) What's the article about? Summarize it. 2) How does the story connect to our journalism class and journalism as a profession in general? 3) What questions does the story leave you with after reading it? List at least two.

When you're done, go in and comment on at least three other staff members' responses by clicking to the right (under Journalism, not English 11). This assignment is due by midnight on Monday, March 9, 2009. Happy blogging!