Copy Edit the World

Copy Edit the World

I’ve been getting some questions about Copy Edit the World submissions, since your first 10 points worth are due this week.

Here’s how to do it: Please link to the web page with the error (if it’s online) or take a photo of the item (poster, sign, brochure, menu, etc.) and post the photo on your blog. Either way, to get credit, you must identify and correct the error in your accompanying blog post.

Alternatively, if you’re on campus, you can hand-deliver a hard copy of the item in error during my office hours. Just be sure to put your name and the class info (Jour 61) on each submission, and identify and correct the error you’ve found.

Here’s one for practice. The first person (or people) to identify and correct (use the comment button to leave your correction) the errors in this photo gets two points extra credit per error.

Copy Edit the World!

Copy Edit the World!

Podcast links working again

I spent a little time at my local Apple store yesterday sorting out the malfunctioning podcast link problem…which does appear to be due to recent changes Apple has made to its iWeb service. Anyway, I’ve updated the links so everything appears to be working just fine now. You’ll find a list of available podcasts for this class on the PDFs & Podcasts page of this blog.

By the way, you can also download these podcasts from iTunes. To find these podcasts on iTunes, go to the iTunes Store and type “Journalism 61″ in the search box (located in the top right corner of the iTunes Store web page). Then hit “enter.” The link to my Journalism 61 podcasts should be at the top of your list of search results.

Bad podcast links

I’ve heard from a couple students that the podcast links on this blog’s “PDFs & Podcasts” page are not working. I checked, and you’re right. Those links aren’t working. I suspect it’s due to recent changes to Apple’s dot.mac service, where my podcasts are hosted. I’ll try to resolve the problem this weekend.

In the meantime, the good news is that my podcasts are still there. (Yeah!) You can access them by following this link to my main Journalism 61 podcasts webpage, and scrolling down that page to find the specific podcast you’d like to hear. Click on the “Listen” link for the specific podcast to play it.

I’ve also added a link to my main Journalism 61 podcasts page on the “PDFs & Podcasts” page of this blog.

Why we blog

Worried that the Internet and bloggers are crowding out newspapers, journalism and real journalists? (Who isn’t!) A recent blog post on reportr.net, titled How blogging creates new opportunities for journalists, offers a different perspective.

Blogger Scott Elliott, Dayton Daily NewsIn this post, Scott Elliott, an education reporter and blogger with the Dayton Daily News, tells how blogging opened up new opportunities for him…including his current role as a newspaper columnist.

“Tomorrow’s journalist will simply have to be comfortable writing online,” Elliott says, “and blogging is the best training there is for this writing style.”

He also quotes what John Robinson, editor of the Greensboro (N.C.) News-Record, had to say on his blog about hiring journalists today:

‘I ask job applicants if they have a blog. Most of them don’t. Then I ask them if they read my blog. About half of them haven’t.

‘The two questions tell me a lot about the candidates. First, if they have a blog, it gives me an indication of their passion for writing and communicating. It also allows me to see how their unedited writing reads. I rarely pay attention to submitted clips; I know how good editing can make a mediocre writer appear positively Halberstamian. Finally, in answering the question, they usually let on what they think of blogging and digital. Believe it, some trash blogs.

‘Second, if they haven’t read my blog, it tells me they haven’t done their homework. That makes the candidate a non-starter.

‘Actually, it helps winnow down the candidates pretty quickly.’

Elliott concludes: “If you’re a journalist and you are not comfortable writing for an online audience, you had better start getting there fast.”

I agree. That’s the main reason we use blogs for this class…well, that and the fact that they’re free. That also helps.

In the same vein, you might also want to read Promote yourself well, or fail, a recent post by Mindy McAdams, who teaches (and blogs about) online journalism at the University of Florida. If you do, be sure to check out her “wake-up call lecture” link, which offers some timely tips on presenting yourself online.