University of North Texas Department of Journalism Oct. 2, 2008 Interactivity, Blogs, Sources
What We’ll Do Today <ul><li>Your Blogs – Campaign Websites </li></ul><ul><li>Interactivity </li></ul><ul><li>In-Class Writ...
Developing Sources <ul><li>Lifeblood of your career as a reporter </li></ul><ul><li>Get over your shyness, it’s time to op...
Importance of Interaction & Involvement <ul><li>Two key factors </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Shift in flow of mass communications...
Traditional v. Digital Storytelling <ul><li>Traditional </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on text </li></ul><ul><li>Photos </li></ul...
The Five ‘I’s <ul><li>Interactivity </li></ul><ul><li>Involvement </li></ul><ul><li>Immediacy </li></ul><ul><li>Integratio...
Interaction & Involvement <ul><li>Traditional </li></ul><ul><li>One-way flow </li></ul><ul><li>Inform, educate and enterta...
Text Static Graphic: Photo Text Box Online  Discussion Lurker Link <ul><li>Interactive: </li></ul><ul><li>Timeline </li></...
‘ Working’ Your Sources <ul><li>‘ Sponsorship’ </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Finding someone who you know who trusts you to introd...
‘ Working’ Your Sources <ul><li>Follow the org chart </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Start at the top and, if needed, talk to everyo...
‘ Working’ Your Sources <ul><li>Never ‘promise’ anything to a source </li></ul><ul><li>Commit ahead of time </li></ul><ul>...
The Web: Friend & Foe <ul><li>Wikipedia is NOT a source </li></ul><ul><li>Google, Yahoo!, MSN, MySpace, FaceBook are NOT s...
Public Documents <ul><li>Political contributions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://opensecrets.org </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Real ...
The Freedom of Information Act <ul><li>Established by Congress in 1966 </li></ul><ul><li>Make public records available </l...
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  1. 1. University of North Texas Department of Journalism Oct. 2, 2008 Interactivity, Blogs, Sources
  2. 2. What We’ll Do Today <ul><li>Your Blogs – Campaign Websites </li></ul><ul><li>Interactivity </li></ul><ul><li>In-Class Writing </li></ul><ul><li>Political Coverage ‘08/NTNewsNet </li></ul><ul><li>HOMEWORK: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>- Do a complete analysis of PegasusNews.com. What works? What doesn’t? How would you improve it? 300 – 400 Words. Be prepared to ask questions to Mike Orren who will be speaking to our class next class. </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Developing Sources <ul><li>Lifeblood of your career as a reporter </li></ul><ul><li>Get over your shyness, it’s time to open up </li></ul><ul><li>Learn to talk to everybody – yes, strangers! </li></ul><ul><li>Everybody is a potential source when you’re covering a breaking news story </li></ul><ul><li>Start with newspaper clippings </li></ul><ul><li>Pick up the phone or hit the streets </li></ul>
  4. 4. Importance of Interaction & Involvement <ul><li>Two key factors </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Shift in flow of mass communications from one-way to multi-directional flow. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Impacting how news is defined, the way it’s presented and how journalists do their jobs </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What people learn from the news </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>User-controlled, user-driven content enhance learning </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Readers making mental connections to stories </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ Participating” in the news </li></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Traditional v. Digital Storytelling <ul><li>Traditional </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on text </li></ul><ul><li>Photos </li></ul><ul><li>Periodic updating </li></ul><ul><li>One-dimensional </li></ul><ul><li>Long-form narrative </li></ul><ul><li>Digital Media </li></ul><ul><li>Immediacy </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Non-linear’ presentations </li></ul><ul><li>Richness in words, pictures and sounds </li></ul><ul><li>Shorter ‘segments’ </li></ul>
  6. 6. The Five ‘I’s <ul><li>Interactivity </li></ul><ul><li>Involvement </li></ul><ul><li>Immediacy </li></ul><ul><li>Integration </li></ul><ul><li>In-depth </li></ul>
  7. 7. Interaction & Involvement <ul><li>Traditional </li></ul><ul><li>One-way flow </li></ul><ul><li>Inform, educate and entertain </li></ul><ul><li>Editor/Reporter/ </li></ul><ul><li>Producer driven </li></ul><ul><li>The ‘old’ wire services </li></ul><ul><li>Digital Media </li></ul><ul><li>Multidirectional </li></ul><ul><li>Inform, educate, entertain & ENGAGE </li></ul><ul><li>Editor, reporter, producer & reader/view </li></ul><ul><li>Online, TV news </li></ul>
  8. 8. Text Static Graphic: Photo Text Box Online Discussion Lurker Link <ul><li>Interactive: </li></ul><ul><li>Timeline </li></ul><ul><li>fact box </li></ul><ul><li>Slideshow </li></ul><ul><li>map </li></ul>Quiz Interactive Game Interactive Flash Content Online Discussions Reporter Email Interaction/Involvement Continuum Low High The greater the interaction and involvement, the higher the learning
  9. 9. ‘ Working’ Your Sources <ul><li>‘ Sponsorship’ </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Finding someone who you know who trusts you to introduce you to the source – a ‘referral’ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Self-sponsorship </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Let me show you my work: ‘proof’ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>‘ Matchmaking’ </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Asking a source to identify other people to talk to about the subject </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Primary & Secondary Sources </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Corroboration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Verification </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Accuracy </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. ‘ Working’ Your Sources <ul><li>Follow the org chart </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Start at the top and, if needed, talk to everyone you need to get the information you need to be fair and accurate </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Anonymous/confidential sources: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Avoid them at all costs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Downside: Janet Cooke, Jayson Blair, Stephen Glass </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Upside: “Deep Throat” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The controversial: Judith Miller </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. ‘ Working’ Your Sources <ul><li>Never ‘promise’ anything to a source </li></ul><ul><li>Commit ahead of time </li></ul><ul><li>Variations of ‘Anonymous’ Sources </li></ul><ul><ul><li>On the record: Everything the source says, it will be printed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Off the record: You and the source agree not to talk to you, but none of the information can be attributed to that person </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>‘ On background’/ Not for attribution: Use the information as background, but not for attribution </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. The Web: Friend & Foe <ul><li>Wikipedia is NOT a source </li></ul><ul><li>Google, Yahoo!, MSN, MySpace, FaceBook are NOT sources </li></ul><ul><li>Verify the legitimacy of the website and/or source or author of the website </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Find the contact information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Where did the site get its content from </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Go to the PRIMARY/ORIGINAL source of content </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Determine if the site is affiliated with a special interest group, political affiliation, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Often overlooked resources </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Libraries </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reverse phone directories: http://reversephonedirectory.com </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Find expert: http://profnet.com </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Investigative Reporters & Editors: http://www.ire.org/inthenews_archive/ </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Public Documents <ul><li>Political contributions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://opensecrets.org </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Real estate records </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Register of the Deeds office </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://dallascad.org </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://denton </li></ul></ul><ul><li>COUNTY CLERK’S OFFICE </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Voter registration records </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://elections.dentoncounty.com/VRsearch/down.asp </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Salaries of county employees </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Corporate records </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Public companies: plug in stock symbol on the Business pages of most websites or go to the company website </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Congressional voting records </li></ul><ul><li>http://projects.washingtonpost.com/congress/members/h001016/ </li></ul><ul><li>Court filings </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Federal, Civic and Criminal </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Military records </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Register of the Deeds office or via FOIA </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Motor vehicle registrations </li></ul><ul><li>Building inspection records and housing permits </li></ul><ul><li>City budgets </li></ul><ul><li>Police records </li></ul><ul><li>School District records </li></ul>
  14. 14. The Freedom of Information Act <ul><li>Established by Congress in 1966 </li></ul><ul><li>Make public records available </li></ul><ul><li>Request is made to get access to these records: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Weeks, months, years </li></ul></ul>* From When Words Collide: A journalist’s Guide to Grammar and Style & EB White’s ‘Elements of Style

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