Online Journalism

Spring 2009 Northeastern University

Your Podcasts February 27, 2009

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Copyright talk February 19, 2009

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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


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!


Week Four Readings February 6, 2009

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We’re in Week 5, but here are the links to readings about digital photography.

RAW:’s amateur photographer’s blog
Great tip sheets on digital photography on the lower right side

One Image, One Word – the power of photos

Beyond Taste: Editing the Truth – the issue of altering photos for news use


Legos of NYC February 4, 2009

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This is the most e-mailed “article” on the New York Times – it is one of the best things I’ve seen online in a long time.


Base jumping in Norway January 30, 2009

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This really has nothing to do with what we are doing but it’s visually amazing – the Website is a video sharing site similar to Flickr.

This is a video of base jumpers in Norway who use “wingsuits.” It starts off with them on skiis, but the summerime stuff is even more impressive so watch for a little bit.


Live blogging the inauguration January 20, 2009

Filed under: uncategorized — ematson @ 11:47 am

11:44 – Our Online Journalism class just started and we are live blogging as we go. We have NBC on in the room. President elect Barack Obama just came out. And now Sen. Feinstein is speaking.

11:47 – Now Rick Warren is giving the invocation. It is dead silent while he is speaking. Except when he says Obama’s name and then everyone cheers. Words that stand out: share, serve, justice, just, healthy, difficult times, God (many times), first African-American president.

11:52 – Aretha Franklin is now singing “My Country Tis of Thee.” I love her hat! Her voice is a bit off, but it is freezing cold out.

11:54 – The clock is ticking – someone in charge must be nervous because he needs to be sworn in within 6 minutes.

11:55 – Here we go. Biden is up.

11:57 – “so help me God” – and Biden is now our Vice President.

11:58 – more music. It’s like the Academy Awards. I’ll take this lull to take a pic of the class.

12:02 – this long music interlude is allowing me to figure out how to insert the pic I just took.

12:04 – I can’t even write about this. The stumbling over the words of the oath of office! It went so fast. Mrs. Obama looked like she was going to crack up when he messed up. Oh well, maybe it’s a good sign – he’s human!

12:07 – President Obama is speaking.  I’m just going to pay attention for a bit. I like the “We must pick ourselves up and dust ourselves off.”

12:19 – Students are blogging too.  Here are a few: Ashley’s TV Blog, Beats the swag, Circling the Playing Fields, Ramen Blog

12:23 – Lots of imagery in his speech. Historical imagery.

12:26 – He is done. The crowd is happy.

12:28 – some other students blogging: Candice on her other blog,

Taking one for the team

In the crease with Thiess

12:53 – the Obamas just had the good bye with the Bushes – G.W. seemed very emotional. There goes the helicopter – good bye.

1:00. So we are wrapping up. This is trivial but I thought Mrs. Obama’s outfit was stunning and I just checked the NYTimes and they already have  a piece about it. We were discussing where Bush is flying off to and we think it is Texas. We just learned Pres. Obama is left-handed. Here is a link to his speech.

Here is our class watching the big show

Here is our class watching the big show