Here are some interesting links currently circulating in the blogosphere.

Vlogging, TV, and the New War for Eyeballs(Via New Media Musings)
Wacky Wikipedia Editing Controversy (via SmartMobs)
Journalism 2.1? A new site tweaks the grassroots formula(Via Online Journalism Review)
Whose space is it, anyway(Via MercuryNews)
Gallop reports stagnant blog readership growth based on flawed poll (Via BlogHerald)
Citizen Journalism is No Bubble(Via OhmyNews International)
News On the NPR Podcasting Front (Via BusinessWeek Online)
The New Gatekeepers
Citizen Journalism tends to be shalow and middle class (Via


For the class presentation, you will be guiding us through the readings for the assigned session. You can also provide additional resources as you see fit based on private research. Above the format of a lecture, you need to find a way to engage the class in a discussion of the readings so that there can be interactivity. To do that, here are some helpful suggestions:

1. You can have the class work in groups on an exercise
2. You can ask a question and solicit feedback from the class
3. You can show audio/video and solicit response

Your presentation must be no longer than 15-20 minutes. You can also provide slides or any other material that you think would be helpful for us to follow your lead.

Please note that you will have access to my laptop if you need computing resources to aid your presentation. If you like transparencies, we also have a transparency set up in the computer lab.

I look forward to your presentations.

The aggregated results of the survey are listed below. These findings can help you learn more about your classmates, even though the findings are anonymous. I can guarantee you all, if you work hard and keep up with class material, that you will be able to demonstrate familiarity with all of the areas surveyed in this questionnaire. Additionally, most of your requests from the class material are fair and I am confident we can discuss and learn about all of your different desired interests through the semester in our class.

See below for the results of the survey:

Specialization Areas
Newspaper: 7 (different foci)
Photo Journalism: 1
Broadcast: 3
Multimedia: 2

How many of you have blogs: 5

Blogs you read: Burnt Orange Report, friends/relatives/family, Austin American Statesman, Xanga Blogs, LiveJournal Blogs

Familiarity with Technologies: Open Source (0), Blog Software (2), Blog Readers (1), RSS (2), Podcasting (7), Video Blogging (0), Flickr (1), Tagging (2), Mobile Blogging (1), Wikis (4), iTunes/WMP (13)

How many of you have built a Web site: 5

Aspirations from the class:
1. greater understanding of the future of journalism and media
2. greater technical understanding about the Web/Internet as it relates to journalism
3. preparation for jobs in online journalism
4. podcasting skills
5. knowledge of how to create blog stories
6. editing/writing practice for online publications
7. maintain/manage blogs for future job aspirations
8. skills and practice in writing for blogs

This blog will be used to post blog questions, to alert you to significant developments, as well as to encourage class dialogue.

Welcome to our class: Participatory Journalism and the Personal Media Revolution!