As you know, your final project is due on Monday, June 29, at 10 a.m. I have made a change that all of you seemed to support when I brought it up at our last class: rather than posting it directly to your blogs, I want you to send it to me by email as a Microsoft Word file. Once I have edited, graded and returned your paper, I would like you to post it to your blogs. Here, again, is the assignment.
Also, please fill out your TRACE evaluations of the course. As a matter of policy, the School of Journalism does not require you to do this. But we strongly encourage it, and we all learn from your comments.
A few of you responded to my request for stories about the Charleston shooting that you believe are worth sharing. I’m posting them here. I’ve also put together a presentation of my own, and Mackenzie Nichols is going to discuss Charleston coverage as well. Here are your choices:
If you’re like me, you probably haven’t been able to stop thinking about the Charleston shootings. One thing I’ve been giving a lot of thought to is how we should address it in class. I have assigned some reading on press freedom in the era of Facebook and Google. It’s an important topic, so please go ahead and do it.
But I also want to spend a significant amount of time on Monday talking about Charleston. I think the best way to do it is for you to identify one piece of journalism about some aspect of the shootings that you think is worth sharing with everyone. It can be a news article, an online commentary, a television report — whatever. And the topic can be on anything from how the shootings were covered to the politics of the Confederate flag.
Please send me an email with a link to the story you’ve chosen by Monday at 10 a.m. I will put all of them together into a blog post, which will in turn lead to a class discussion.
Now that you have fully immersed yourself in Ta-Nehisi Coates, I thought you might find his essay on South Carolina and the Confederate flag to be worth reading. It really helps frame the horrifying murders of nine people at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina.
We will open today with a brief overview of the work of David Guttenfelder, a war photographer who is now documenting the suicides of American soldiers who have returned home. In case you would like to follow up, here are a few links:
We will host our last guest speaker of the semester — Melissa Bailey, former managing editor of the New Haven Independent, currently a Nieman Fellow at Harvard. She will speak about ethical dilemmas she encountered in reporting four stories:
I don’t expect you to read these three stories before class. But I thought it would be helpful if you could call them up and follow along when Melissa talks about them.
This BuzzFeed story by Alan White on how an evil aggregator called Central European News ruined the lives of three people is well worth your time.
As you read Ta-Nehisi Coates’ memoir, think about this story in The Boston Globe about a teenager who was shot to death in Boston, reportedly because he had refused to join a gang.