Notes for Wayne Lynch class, at UW Tacoma
TCOM 275: Writing, Reporting and Editing for Mass Media
- NYC Structured Journalism
- WaPost, ISIS
- Curious Journalist Guide to Data
- Bad Data Guide
- Data Journalism Handbook
- WaPo, Clinton, 2011
- Sites that can help
- Direct observation (the reporter was there)
- Who said? (the reporter interviewed someone)
- Challenge: most stories quote government officials, “expert” counterparts
- Who said? (the reporter accessed public databases, documents)
Verifying Online Media
- Identify who took the picture, what camera was used, where a digital picture was taken
- Remember the “too good to be true” rule!
- Beware of Powerpoint
- Be wary of manipulation. Look for where tones touch
- “Read” EXIF data using applications (or Flickr)
- Identify who created a Word document (DocScrubber)
- BBC editorial guidance on use of social networks
- BBC Guidance on UGC
- The Journalist’s Guide to Facebook
- NPR News Social Media Guidelines
- How Social Media is Radically Changing the Newsroom
- Washington Post guidance on use of social media
- You read this on Twitter or Facebook:
“RT @yourBFF: OMG. There’s been a 7.1 earthquake in SF!”
- What do you do?
- RT/share based on trust of source
- RT/share only after verifying
- How might you verify?
- Why would the comment be more credible with a link included? Why might it not be a good practice to RT/share without checking the link (if it were there)?
- How to use SnapChat as a journalist
- SnapChat tips- video (FB)
- SnapChat for Journalists – MediaShift webinar
Exercises (via ONA Educators)
Analysis (how I learned about Prince’s death today)
- Make a list of what makes an effective Snap story and what makes an ineffective Snap story.
- Analyze the snap stories by outlets on Discover (or other news outlets they follow) and critique what they learned/liked/didn’t like from how that outlet used Snapchat.
- Divide into groups and have each make a snap story that explained the Panama Papers (or any big news topic).
- Watched each group’s story and make a list of lessons we’d learned about how to tell stories with Snapchat.