News via Collaboration

Due: 
Friday, February 19, 2016 - 17:00
Week: 
Mon, 02/15/2016 to Mon, 02/22/2016

This week you have a choice. Choose one of the following topics:

  1. Find an example of collaborative journalism: journalism where many people -- often with different skillsets -- worked together to produce a final product. Try to learn how this collaboration happened -- what brought these people together? Why were these skills needed? Could a single individual have produced this? Finally, use this example to make a broader argument about the value of collaboration in journalism; do you think journalism is becoming more team-based and collaborative? Or is it becoming more of a solo endeavor?

  2. Find an example of a technology that journalists are currently using or might be able to use in the future to enable them to work collaboratively to produce news content. For example, you could choose the "Track Changes" feature in Word. Or Slack, or Google Hangouts, or Drupal. Discuss how this technology enables collaboration, and also discuss any limitations that make collaboration difficult when using this technology. This week's readings might be helpful in this regard. Finally, use this example to make a broader argument about the value of collaboration in journalism; do you think journalism is becoming more team-based and collaborative?

Your essay must be entered into the system by next Friday (2/19) at 5pm. Clearly indicate which topic you have chosen in your essay. It should be in the neighborhood of 300-500 words, and include a relevant image at the top of the article.

Over the weekend or on Monday, be sure to log into the class system. Try to read all of the stories from your fellow students, and (optionally) leave comments to the author about the essay. You will be assigned as a "Discussant" for one of the essays. Read that essay carefully; you will be asked to present that essay on Monday to the rest of the class. You will also "discuss" it by describing whether you agree with the argument in the essay or not, and why you think this example is interesting to think about (or not). Try to include both praise and criticism in your discussion.

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