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Agenda for Tuesday’s class, Oct. 4

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— Review readings (ch. 6 & articles posted on the blog)

— Discuss finding salary info about public employees (I emailed you this inquiry)

— Discuss two crowd-sourced project ideas that would be relevant to the U of M community (see good.is/projects for examples)

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September 29, 2011 at 2:31 pm

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Plan for Thursday, Sept. 29

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— Review class readings + CJR: The Business of Digital Journalism (Ch. 1–3)
— Review Tuesday’s lab
— Lab: Be the editor activity

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September 27, 2011 at 1:57 pm

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Questions for macro editing

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From page 66 in “The Art of Editing in Convergence”:

1. Look at the lead, and determine whether this is a hard-news story or a feature.

2. Notice whether the lead is an immediate ID or delayed ID one.

3. Look at the use of quotes.

4. Look for the basic details that must be answered in this kind of story.

5. Ask whether along the way each step in the story is clear.

6. Ask whether the story moves along at a good pace.

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September 27, 2011 at 1:14 pm

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For Tuesday, Sept. 27

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— News release lab: What do you do with those press releases? Any news? How do you prioritize stories and how do you cover them?

— Other assignments for Tuesday: Review readings posted under class readings; read chapters 1–3 in CJR post and read chapter 4 in your textbook

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September 22, 2011 at 1:49 pm

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Editor interview: Jameson William of Substream Music Press

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Angela Kenney interviewed Jameson William, editor of Substream Music Press, an independent music magazine publication based in Ohio.  Here are his responses:

1. How did you get started in journalism?
I was always interested in writing ever since I was about 15. There were a few bands who were instrumental in inspring me to write. That coupled with stories such as the movie Almost Famous, really got me going on music journalism. I was always going to shows, meeting bands and just had an intense interest in knowing more about the songs and bands I loved so much. I began freelancing for several online publications, print magazines, and even started my own online webzine (hopecore.com) before becoming editor at Substream. You have to be willing to volunteer your time and talent for quite awhile before expecting a paying gig in writing.

2. What does a typical day look like for you?
Email, email, email! I deal with emails from my writers all day long. I make sure they are in touch with the correct contact for their particular article, I give them guidelines and deadlines. From there I collect photos for each piece while speaking with managers and publicists. I also write a lot myself so researching is a huge part of my day.

3. What is the most difficult challenge being an editor?
I’d say just organization. There’s a lot of people and moving parts to keep track of. Which writer is covering what, what the status of that piece is, will it be in by deadline? Will it be good etc. That along with chasing down the right people for the right projects can get tough. There’s a lot going on.

4. How does Substream use social networking to its advantage?
We use them a lot! It’s how you know new items have been put on the site, which is updated with new content daily. It’s how our fans and our bands’ fans know whats going on from breaking news to album reviews.

5. What suggestions do you have for aspiring journalist?
Keep at it. You’ll have to do a lot of freelance work most likely before landing a job. Keep a portfolio, always be stretching your abilities. Interview different styles of bands and people. Work for as many outlets as you can handle. Make a lot of contacts, you’ll never regret knowing too many people in the industry.

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September 20, 2011 at 2:23 pm

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Agenda for Sept. 22

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Plan for Thursday’s class:

— Read class readings posted on the blog + chapter three in your textbook
— Review Tuesday’s lab assignment
— Lab: Copy editing exercise

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September 20, 2011 at 2:10 pm

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Editor Q&A: Margret Aldrich of Utne Reader

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Alli Sobiech interviewed Margret Aldrich, an associate editor at the Utne Reader. Here’s her response:

1. The most challenging part of my job is fitting it all in. Magazines are doing the same amount of work with fewer people and have the added tasks of social media and online reportage. For example, I update Facebook four times a day for Utne Reader. While a fun part of my job, it interrupts the day and takes time. I also blog twice a week for my blog “The Sweet Pursuit” on Utne’s website. Again, I like doing it, but it’s hard to fit it in while getting the reading, editing, and writing done for the hard-copy magazine.

2. I love the fact that everyone at Utne Reader is working toward the common goal of producing the magazine and website. Coming from book publishing, editors were much more solitary and focused only on their own projects. At Utne, each editor has individual responsibilities, but the atmosphere is very collaborative. Since Utne Reader is primarily a digest of the alternative press (we reprint pieces from other magazines or books), it’s also satisfying to know that we’re giving wider exposure to important pieces that people might not otherwise read. We also honor the best of the alternative press with the Utne Independent Press Awards each year.

3. As I mentioned, online reportage is increasingly a part of our jobs. We post to Twitter, Tumblr, and Facebook every day, and each editor tries to blog twice a week. We post online interviews and book excerpts to our website. Podcasts are utilized. We find that our online audience and our print audience are completely separate, and this means twice as many people are checking us out, which is fantastic.

Hope this helps!

All best,
Margret

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September 19, 2011 at 7:33 pm

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