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Video Assignment

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For Kathy Gill‘s course, COM 466 Digital Journalism, students were asked create a two minute video story to gain experience working with video. Students were responsible for the entire process of producing video media, including: story conception, filming, logging, editing and distribution.

Our videos were to be evaluated in terms of content, audio and video.

To view the student video stories, visit the COM 466 course website.


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May 29, 2009 at 8:57 pm

Crowd Funding Is a Piece of the Raft…

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… of the raft that will save journalism!

After hard hours of editing and format struggles, the finished work can finally be appreciated online. Incredible what you can do with the most primitive tools! Find my Video on community funded journalism and on youtube.

If you are curious to see the whole interview with David, check it out here.

Also take a look at how the story developed, how the question poll turned out, see my recap and what the story board for the video originally used to be.

Written by pc britz

May 29, 2009 at 2:59 am

Bernoff on “When and How to Pay a Blogger”

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Josh Bernoff writes on the thorny issue of “When and How to Pay a Blogger” for the Advertising Age.

Some take-aways:

Bloggers gotta eat, too. Should they take cash to write about products? Should you pay them?

Here’s an excerpt of our recommendations:

  • Know the [FTC] rules and educate everyone involved.
  • Mandate absolute disclosure and transparency.
  • Ensure authenticity.

[via Advertising Age]

Be sure to read the linked articles and comments.

Written by pandrewh

May 26, 2009 at 9:00 am

I Wrote That?

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While my behavior in high school and college has been nothing short of exemplary, I can see the dilemma for some as more and more old school newspaper archives appear online.

The Chronicle of Higher Education reports:

As the papers have begun digitizing their back issues, their Web sites have become the latest front in the battle over online identities. Youthful activities that once would have disappeared into the recesses of a campus library are now preserved on the public record, to be viewed with skeptical eyes by an adult world of colleagues and potential employers. Alumni now in that world are contacting newspapers with requests for redaction. For unlike Facebook profiles — that other notable source of young-adult embarrassment — the ability to remove or edit questionable content in these cases is out of the author’s hands.

[via Chronicle of Higher Education]

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May 24, 2009 at 7:33 am

Community-Funding: The Future of Journalism? (Update: Poll Results)

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(PC’s Project)

OR: Our Paycheck!

How much would you pay for news?

Will the community fund journalists to "digg deep" in the future? ©pc britz

Will the community fund journalists to "digg deep" in the future? ©pc britz

Nothing, since you can get it online for free? That’s what worries journalists about the changing media landscape!

What if somebody was looking into what really interests you? What if YOU could tell a journalist where to dig? Sound any better? Getting your wallet ready? is a platform that pitches news stories to get them funded by “the crowd.” This is an audience who actually cares about a topic – so much that they are willing to invest money into it. And this is why the model might work. David Cohn founded in November 2008 and the site has been running succesfully since.

My story: appears to be an example of a new biz (or rather non-profit) model that is becoming part of the future of news. Will business even remain a part of journalism?

I will interview David Cohn to find out more about the business side of, its potential for the future of news and to ask him:


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Written by pc britz

May 19, 2009 at 6:22 am

Where’s My Paycheck? Business models and journalistic income in the time of free content!

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What is the future of news? Journalism students at the University of Washington investigate!

With the decline of newspapers, journalists face an uncertain future. How will journalism survive the drastic change of the media landscape and who pays for the creation of all this “free content”?

Many experiments are in the making. We will show how traditional and new media deal with the financial issues that result from this change and worry most traditional journalists.

The project has just now started. Some of us have concrete ideas of what we will work on and how. Others are in the exploratory phase of their projects.

We will let you know what we are up to, what we are reading and working on.
Contributions, hints and tips are strongly encouraged!

We are currently figuring out the roles within the team, individual stories, formats, timelines and the like. Stay tuned for more!

Written by pc britz

May 15, 2009 at 8:21 pm

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