Online Journalism

Spring 2009 Northeastern University

Your Podcasts February 27, 2009

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Creative Commons photos February 24, 2009

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So we are all finding photos online with Creative Commons licenses. I tried to find a few newsroom/media images. This one was on


Photo by victoriapeckham/Creative Commons Attribution License


More than a diploma February 23, 2009

Filed under: interesting stuff — ematson @ 7:48 pm

This is interesting – a recent post on a blog by a Michigan elementary school teacher who has some ideas on enhancing your standard high school diploma.

“After 13 years of work getting a K-12 education, why is it that all a student has to show for it is (if things go well) a diploma?

It seems to me like our goals should be so much different, such as:

In writing: students should have a very rich blog with hundreds of quality posts on it, as well as several major self-published pieces and several other items that were genuinely published by outside sources (editorials in the local paper, columns for a trade magazine, etc.) …”

and he finishes with …

“Finally: students should be heading to their post-K-12 life with a plan for the future, rather than just heading to college because everyone is doing it.  They should have an extensive understanding of a significant number of careers in their preferred field(s) of study as well.”

Well, you guys are already in college, but I think the same idea carries over and you should come out of college with a portfolio of work – a lot of you get this chance with work from your co-op, etc. and I think this will benefit you greatly, particularly in the current job market. I originally saw this post through another blog Buzz Machine, whose author is always thinking “outside of the box” when it comes to the media, journalism education, etc.


Copyright talk February 19, 2009

Filed under: uncategorized — ematson @ 8:42 pm

In class tomorrow we are going to talk a bit about online use of photos/audio, etc. Here are two Websites we’ll look at

Creative Commons licenses

Wikimedia commons

Everystock Photo– free photos with Common Licenses


Audio slideshow example February 17, 2009

Filed under: assignments — ematson @ 1:32 pm

I’m going to start posting links to various audio slideshows to help you get ideas for your slideshows and also to think about how you are going to approach the project.

Here is a recent one from the New York Times about everyday people in economically depressed Pontiac, Michigan. Notice how you don’t hear the voice of the reporter – it is all voices of the people the story is about. Notice all the background sounds – of the restaurant, etc. Notice how the people introduce themselves – it’s great to get this on tape to use in your piece.


The past catches up February 16, 2009

Filed under: uncategorized — ematson @ 9:50 pm

So I’ve been having you write about living in an age where your every moment can be recorded or snapped and posted online instantaneously and I’ve always bragged how I feel lucky my “younger” days aren’t preserved for all to see. And then this stuff starts showing up. Luckily the quality is so bad so you will never know which feathered hair female is me!


Your blogs February 13, 2009

Filed under: students blogging — ematson @ 1:21 pm

This week I thought I would highlight some culture/fashion writing on your blogs.

Rachel, who is covering fashion, breaks down the outfits worn by the lead actress in the new movie “Confessions of a Shopaholic”

Nina, who is also writing about fashion, searches for the perfect t-shirt both here and here

And Sam has been doing a nice job following the saga of artist Shepard Fairy, who has an exhibit going on in Boston but was also arrested by Boston police in controversial fashion for old graffitti charges. Fairy is also involved with a lawsuit regarding his Obama image that was based on an Associated Press news photo.