Friday, June 26, 2009

Want to Work Overtime?

Want to learn more about producing online content while helping your classmates understand the complex challenges facing the world of journalism? If so, then apply for a position in the inaugural JFreshmen Newsroom.

The staff of the JFreshmen Newsroom will spend every Friday morning, 8-noon, preparing in-depth reports related to topics covered in the J101 course. The staff also will publish stories profiling first-year students' professional activities.

NOTE: Students selected to work in the JFreshmen Newsroom will be responsible for all content covered in the regular J101 course, even though they will not attend the regular course (note: all lectures will be recorded and available for download).

In most cases students selected for the JFreshmen Newsroom staff will not have time to work for other media outlets. That means waiting until Winter quarter to join The Post, WOUB, Backdrop magazine, etc. All students in the JFreshmen Newsroom will be expected to attend a variety of student organization meetings during fall quarter.

To help you decide whether you want to be a part of this project, check out this interview with NY Times report Andrew Revkin, who specializes in science and environment coverage.

To apply for a staff position in the JFreshmen Newsroom:

Send an email to Prof. Robert Stewart ( with the following information:

1) 250 word (max) statement of interest explaining: why you?
2) list of software skills (beyond Word, Excel, etc.)
3) two references who can attest to your dedication
4) links to photographs you've taken on flickr (if any)
5) links to videos you've produced on youtube (if any)
6) links to podcasts you've produced on (if any)
7) links to any other on-line media you have produced
8) list all hands-on media experience

Thursday, June 25, 2009

NYTimes reporter discusses changes in journalism practices

In this interview, New York Times reporter Andrew Revkin discusses how new media has transformed his journalism. He is the role model for the JFreshmen Newsroom.

Read Revkin's DotEarth blog.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Memo to high school seniors (republished)

Back in the fall I posted this "Memo to high school seniors" on the JSchool's web page. You may not have seen it at that time, so I'm posting a link to it. I urge you to read (or even REread it), especially if you are considering applying for the JFreshmen Newsroom.

Peter Copeland (Scripps Howard News Service) and David Keim (BSJ ’90, Knoxville News Sentinel) discuss their take on the future.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Covering Iran

Taylor Mirfendereski is a great role model as well. She's starting her second year in the JSchool having already produced pieces for CNNU. In June she produced two pieces on Iran, which appear below.

NOTE: CNNU annually selects nationwide five to six journalism students to serve as campus video reporters for CNN [read more and more].

Friday, June 19, 2009

Joe Robbins: back from Italy

JSchool student Joe Robbins spent the first week of Spring quarter in Italy documenting the Athens-based Avalanche pizza team’s effort to compete with the best.