Wednesday, January 2, 2008


DMST 3900
MCOM 3900
Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate
MW 2:00 pm - 3:50 pm
Mass Communications Building 113
Professor Adrienne Russell
Office hours: Wednesdays 12:30-1:30 Sturm Hall 216 or by appointment

This course traces the shift that has taken place over the past 15 years from mass-mediated journalism to networked journalism, with emphasis on experiments in citizen and open-source news and the changing relationship between journalists and their publics. Students will critically assess some of the most controversial news coverage of the era—including coverage of the first Gulf War, the Clinton/Lewinsky scandal, the search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, and recent civil unrest in France—in order to analyze emerging news cultures and practices and their impact on the public and on democracy more generally.

Stuart Allan, Online News: Journalism And The Internet
Michael Schudson, Sociology Of News

Online Journalism Blog
Virtual Economics
Adrian Holovaty
Teaching online journalism
First Draft
Yelvington .com
Online News Association

You will receive an invitation via email to join our blog group. Please follow the directions in the email. This is not an extended discussion format as much as it is a graffiti wall and an ongoing exercise in collaborative linking. At least 4 times over the course of the quarter you should post a paragraph or two and links to something related to networked journalism. Please also use the blog to share research resources with each other.

There will be one essay exam. You will be allowed to use any resources you like to inform your work, including classmates, the internet, books, articles, email exchanges with your parents, whatever. You must, however, use your own words to craft the answers to the questions and you must do so in the time allotted for the exam.
Paper Prospectus
The research prospectus should serve as an outline for your research paper. It should be 3-4 double-spaced pages and should include:
1) a clear statement of your research question;
2) a description of specifically what you are going to look at (ie, audiences/users/producers, media content, media institutions);
3) an outline of the theoretical and empirical literature that will inform your work;
4) a preliminary bibliography.

Final Paper
Choose networked journalism product, organization, idea, trend, or treatment of a particular story and evaluate it by comparing it to traditional newsmedia products and norms. Your paper should be between 10-15 double-spaced pages and should use either APA or MLA style of bibliographic reference. All papers must build on literature in the field and include a literature review.

W 1-2 Introduction
*bring a news story to next class meeting
M 1-7 Journalism Now and its Historical Roots
Schudson 1-90
W 1-9 The Problem of News
Schudson 90-114
M 1-14 Economics and Culture of News
Schudson 117-166
W 1-16 The People Formerly Known as the Audience: Rethinking the Public
Schudson 167-212
MLK Day no class
W 1-23 The People Formerly Known as the Audience: Rethinking the Public cont.
Jay Rosen’s The People Formerly Known as the Audience
Jay Rosen’s Top Ten Ideas of '04: News Turns from a Lecture to a Conversation 1-21
Allan 1-52
M 1-28 Gulf War Coverage: 1991 vs today
Allan 99-120
Orville Schell’s intro to Michael Massig’s Now They Tell Us
W 1-30 Mainstream News Online
Mark Deuze’s Online Journalism
Check out the following sites online: CNN, Al Jazeera, BBC, New York Times, Denver Post
Jay Rosen’s Bloggers vs. Journalists is over
M 2-4 A New Watchdog: Open Source and Participatory Journalism
Jay Rosen’s Introducing News
Zack Exley’s Time to Get off the Bus
We Media Intro., Forward, and Introduction to Participatory Journalism
Also check out:
W 2-6 The A-list
Project prospectus due. Brief In-class presentations
Check out:
M 2-11 no class
W 2-13 Midterm
M 2-18 Clinton/Lewinsky Scandal and the New Journalism Landscape
W 2-20 Journalistic Fraud and the Shifting Nature of “Truth”
M 2-25 The French Riots and Networked Global Media
W 2-27 Field trip to Denver Open Media
M 3-3 Final presentations
W 3-5 Final presentation
M 3-10 Final presentations
Last day of classes

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