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We will hold non-required training all day in two hour groupings. (Please email Jen your choice for capstone project this semester. MUST DECIDE BY FRIDAY! Email your preferences to Jen: reevesj(at)

Week 2: January 25: Introducing - The basics needed to get the news on the web. Meet Travas Townsend,'s webmaster. Navigate your role in the newsroom and in the dot-com area. Learn about the projects for the semester.
News From the 'Net: Jen Reeves
* Start looking at websites you can use for your News From the 'Net presentations. (You can find a ton of links here)
* Create your blog and start using it!
* Join Twitter and follow so she can follow you

Week 2: February 1 Media Giraffe and Social Networks - Also meet Bill Densmore (via Skype) to learn about your Media Giraffe project. Learn the basics on why social networks are a way to connect with news consumers and help your career. Meet Zack Luye and see how he uses social media in his career.
News From the 'Net: Elle Moxley, Laura Xiao
* Pick the way you want to build an eportfoilo
* Continue posting blog posts AND linking them from Twitter
* Go online and look for examples of broadcast resumes online. Your first version eporfolio should be completed by March 1.

Week 3: February 8: The Job Hunt – Learn a few basics on how to build an eportfolio and the elements you need. How to present the best you. How to handle the interviews: phone and in person. Contracts and negotiations. (This class will also help you with your eportfolio project)
News From the 'Net: Chance Seales, Jordan Vandenberge
Assignment: Keep working with your team! Don’t forget to blog.

Week 4: February 15: Reynolds Journalism Institute – Get a chance to hear from an RJI fellow and hear what they are working on during their fellowship year. Schedule time this week to meet with Jen one-on-one this week so you have focus for your open week of eportfolio building.
News From the 'Net: Allan Thompson, Bonnie Thomas, Aly Myles
Assignment: Your first version eporfolio should be completed by March 1.

Week 5: February 22: ePortfolio work timeNo class on campus. You can work in class the classroom if you need access to a computer to work on your ePortfolio.
Assignment: Go online and find an interactive website. Blog about why you think it holds attention and offers good information. Post it by midnight Saturday. Be ready to talk about it in class.

Week 6: March 1: Interactive Journalism – Get an introduction to interactive journalism. Why do we care and why it could benefit you to understand its uses in a newsroom. Also, why images are a big deal.
News From the 'Net: Jessie Fowble, Lauren Styler
Assignment: No assignment this week other than your weekly blog.

Week 7: March 8: Thinking in FlashNo class on campus. We will meet in small groups at KOMU this week to train on the basics of Flash. You can use class time to meet up with your groups if you’d like.
News From the 'Net: Kasey Breda, James Steward
Assignment: Take what you learned and do anything... Seriously, anything with Flash. It must have at least a button with up, over and down features. A .swf file is due in an email by March 22: jenleereeves(at)

Week 8: March 15: Researching and projects - See how research can help us understand the best ways to deliver information online. Paul Bolls from the PRIME lab will speak to us. (Jen is out of town attending SXSWi) This is a fun class (just ask someone who knows about the "coffee incident")
Make sure you meet with your project groups after Paul's talk.
News From the 'Net: Tim Kanak, Erin Stevenson
Assignment: Keep working on that example of Flash... It's due next week!

Week 9: March 22: Lessons You've LearnedYou're a pro at working in your newsroom... So let's share some of the tricks and processes that you're pretty sure no one else knows. Do you know how to create a slideshow, build a map or anything. Come to class with a lesson you'd like to share. Email Jen your web-based discovery that you want to share before class.
News From the 'Net: Mark Kelly, Justin Rottger
Assignment: Did you turn in your .swf file to Jen? Please do! Also, finalize your resume and cover letter/introductory note for your site. Have your resume, cover letter and eportoflio ready to meet with Jen after Spring Break. Also, make sure you sign up for your meetings BEFORE you leave town!

Don't forget to go to TWESTIVAL on the 25th!

Spring Break

Week 10: April 5: One-on-One with JenNo class, you have individual meetings with Jen. You’ll set up scheduled time to meet with Jen this week to go over your ePortfolio so you can show it off for the job hunt.
Assignment: Keep up with your class project!!

Week 11: April 12: Web Ethics – What kind of considerations do we need to take when we are delivering news content for the web? What type of new challenges are headed to newsrooms as news delivery gets viewers more involved?
News From the 'Net: Will Maetzold, Elyse Pickle
Assignment: No assignments beyond your blogging and projects.

Week 12: April 19: Project work time – This is time when we’ll plan presentations to the j-school at the end of the semester. Teams have time to work on their projects.
News From the 'Net: Meredith Miller, Adrienne Pedersen
Assignment: Your Media Giraffe profiles are due on April 26!

Week 13: April 26: Media Giraffe Profiles - Everyone gets to talk about the Media Graffe Profile they worked on. 3 minute presentation for each person.
News From the 'Net: Brian Mortensen, Ben Paul
Assignment: Think about the future of and for next week's class. Write a brief commentary on how you want to use your online skills. What do you still want to know? We’ll try to go over some of those issues before the end of the semester. Email your thoughts to Jen by April 30.

Week 14: May 3: Looking Ahead for - Brainstorming session on what we can do to improve Also, we'll go over everyone's eportfolio structure. We will hold capstone presentations this week and next week.
News From the 'Net: Eliza Murphy, Cassandra Novy
Assignment: Finalize your ePortfolios for next week. You must turn in your link to Jen by May 14!

Week 15: Finals Week

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