Spring 2008 New Media Class

December 31, 2007 by

Journalism 63 Spring 2008

Spring Semester Class Blog
Here is the class blog for my Journalism New Media Class for Spring 2008. So far 16 students have enrolled, so it looks like we have a class! More information is here:

  • The class is officially MCOM 63, Section 03 / APSC 63, Section 03
  • Title New Media
  • Dates: Wednesdays, 1/23/2008 – 5/13/2008
  • Time: 6:00p – 8:45p
  • Location: Dwight Bentel Hall 226

Technology. Bad.

December 18, 2007 by

I found my sample Web site from that assignment a few months ago. It had trouble going into the server. but I think I fixed it.

Over here

Anyways, last night I was covering an event for my internship. Saw the Mayor of San Francisco talk to some veterans. Once I get home, I plug my voice recorder into my computer… and ALL MY FILES ARE GONE. I start to panic… I know that it was working because I listened to some parts while on my way home, and I also put the buttons on ‘lock’ before putting it into my bag. It must have happened when I plugged it in… my guess is that possibly a static shock wiped everything out. I tried many file recovery programs but got nothing. I then recorded a few seconds of me screaming into the recorder and it against the wall a couple of times… it still worked and that file was still there.

Luckily, I did take notes just in case something like this happens, but I never actually expected it to happen. Ive written many articles for the Spartan Daily before, and this was the first time this happened. I managed to write something using notes and my memory, but I was unable to get any good long quotes in.

To anyone planning to be on the Daily or a writer for any other paper, ALWAYS take notes, do not rely 100 percent on a voice recorder.

At least I got some good pictures.

PR vs Journalism…(very last post!)

December 17, 2007 by

Gillmor discusses the infiltration of public relations into mainstream journalism and the role media has played in the game of spin.  As he says “one of the worst forms is the media’s lazy use of press releases as news,” (pg. 184)  Although this can be difficult for the average reader to spot, anyone with the barest knowledge of how to cover news can recognize a press release over investigative reporting.  But this is part of the danger: if the public can’t spot the difference then they will readily accept fluffy PR as fact.

Lately we’ve seen companies take it even further to disguise their PR as press. Staged press conferences, embedded fake journalists, and audience members coached to ask favorable questions.  Obviously this crosses ethical lines, which has the opposite effect PR is intended to.  The sad part in all of this is not only the deception of the pubic, but also the bad name this gives to PR professionals everywhere.

Remembering Jack Fields

December 16, 2007 by

Jack Fields talking to the photo staff

Jack Fields: a great teacher, photographer, person
While talking to SJSU Alum Kim Komenich yesterday I learned about the recent passing of former SJSU JMC visiting professor Jack Fields. Jack was at SJSU when Kim and I went through the PJ program. He was our photojournalism teacher. Here is what is on the San Francisco Bay Area Press Photographers Association website about Jack:

Retired freelance magazine photographer Jack Fields, former San Jose State University photojournalism instructor, died of heart failure on December 13 at his Placerville home. He was 87.

Fields served for three years as “Visiting Professor” at SJSU in the late 1970’s. While at SJSU he pioneered what he called a “no-nonsense” approach to photography, a subject that was often taught as “pure art” at many universities.

Fields was founding chairman of the Bay Area chapter of the American Society of Magazine Photographers in an era when Wayne Miller, Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange and Imogen Cunningham were members of the organization.

As a young boy in Kansas, Fields dreamed of “far-away places with strange sounding names”. After a formal education and a wartime stint in the South Pacific, Fields embarked upon a 50-year career, traveling on assignment for Collier’s, Saturday Evening Post, National Geographic, Smithsonian, Look, and Life.

Before World War II, Fields earned a Bachelor’s degree in Science from Kansas State College. He was planning to teach but was sent to New Guinea with the armed forces where he began taking pictures. He was assigned as a photographer for the Air Force?s Yank Magazine when he contracted tuberculosis and was returned to the U.S. to recuperate. While at Cragmor Sanitorium in Colorado Springs, Fields met Dorothy Gindling, also a patient and fellow TB sufferer, whom he married in 1948.

After five years of recuperation, the Fields moved to Los Angeles where Jack attended the Art Center College of Design while Dorothy enrolled in writing classes at the Maren Elwood School. As an art student, he sold his first photos to Look Magazine. After completing their studies, the Fields traveled to Europe, working on assignment for various publications.

The Fields became known for their ability to find interesting, yet untold stories, especially in the South Pacific. In 1971 they approached a Japanese publisher with an Idea for an all-encompassing book on the region which became their 1973 book “South Pacific”.

Fields was the first photojournalist to report on Micronesia after it became a U.S. Trust at the end of WWII. His photograph of a laser pioneer at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center was used as a reference image for a commemorative stamp issued by the U.S. Postal Service in August, 1999.

I remember Jack very well. He was a wonderful guy and a great teacher. In 1994 we gave Jack and Dorothy our dog Reno, a black and white Shetland Sheepdog and he had a loving home with them. Jack lived a good life and he still lives on in the hearts, and the eyes, of many of us who knew him.

[Click here to see larger version of photo]

Sad to see semester end

December 14, 2007 by

SJSU New Media Class Students, Fall 2007

Fall 2007 New Media Class
I am really sorry my Fall 2007 new media in journalism class is over. We had a lot of fun. This was a great group and all of them accomplished a lot. Every student graduated with his or her own podcast. We did Photoshop, InDesign (for web delivery), Dreamweaver, audio/video production, RSS, blogging, video blogging (vlogging) and podcasting. They did a great job and I am very proud of them. Here are their stories:

Dreamweaver is Pretty!

December 13, 2007 by

Finally figured out why my Dreamweaver website wasn’t working, but with help from Steve, it is now up and running. It’s very basic, but pretty.


We the Media 2nd Chunk: Will I ever get a job?

December 12, 2007 by

Dan Gillmor asks a lots of questions in We the Media about the future of journalism. In Chapter 6 he raises an issue that has immediate relevance for me at this very moment. As a journalism student (graduating next semster) I am constantly questioning the efficacy of my education. Perhaps efficacy is not exactly the right word, but what I mean to say is: I wonder whether my degree will actually get me a job!

Broadcast journalism is such a cut throat industry, and is so difficult to break into, I wonder if what I learn every day in the halls of Dwight Bental will actually translate to a job out in the “real world” of media. Teachers like Steve Sloan are fighting to give young journalists the tools they need to compete in Web 2.0 world, which we should thank him for. When I try to get a job I know that I will at least have the ability to create a website, upload content online, blog, podcast, vlog, and use industry standard programs like PhotoShop and InDesign. Like Gillmor points out, many other aspiring journalists do not have these skills.

“The fact is that journalism schools are the main source of new staff. But we can’t allow them to crank out a new generation of reporters, editors, photographers, and broadcasters who don’t understand and appreciate how the profession has changed,” (pg. 131).

Too often students shrug off the skills we have learned in Jour 96e as geeky, or too hard to understand. They ask “why do I need to know that?” Administrators who are stuck behind the times also question whether these skills should be a priority. The answer is they are absolutely critical.

Gillmor says teaching students a combination of new reporting skills and traditional staples like investigative techniques will lead to “multidirectional” journalists. In the world of New Media, multidirectional will quickly become infinite-directional, and I can only hope to have good peripheral vision if I want to keep up.

Long Overdue: My Dreamweaver website

December 12, 2007 by

Mike’s website

I got caught up in other classes and never finished my Dreamweaver web page. So here’s my website it was very interesting to make, I would like to learn more about web design if I ever have the time or the need.

Mike Multimedia page

I actually made two sites, a main site for navigation. And a site with media links of things I have done throughout the semester. Since I did it so late I was able to post pics and links of completed videos that I made for class.

Because my videos were family related, I think it will be cool to show this site to my family along with my videos. I am very glad that I completed these projects.

-Mike Wright

Back 2 the Future: We the Media Pt. IV – End

December 12, 2007 by

gnarls barkley back to the futurefrom myspace.com/gnarlsbarkley

“We tend to be bound by our past, even when we can imagine the future.” Ch. 12, 1st par.

This is the last chapter. It’s where Gillmor summarizes and concludes his thoughts.

“I’m still not convinced that Big Media is doing the most important thing: listening. We are still in a top-down mode and don’t realize that the conversation is more important than our pronouncements.” Ch. 12 8th par.

In the time since this book was written, 2004 (new edition in 2006), big media has adopted more and more new media. But I still think the above statement is very too. Too true really. Big media has a ways to go when it comes to “the most important thing: listening.”

WTM III: Chapters 8-10 (We The Media)

December 12, 2007 by

“The ability to get the news you want is the hallmark of a net­worked world.” (Ch. 8, Sorting it Out)

With media coming from so many different places and people, the question is how do you sort billions of article and find the ones you want?

This book was written in the early days of Google News, Google Alerts, My Yahoo!, and similar sites that sort news.

my yahoo!!

Of these sites the one I know best is My Yahoo! I have my “My Yahoo!” site set to show my mail, weather, comics, sports scores, and find specific news articles about “the 49ers,” “SJSU Sports,” “Movies,” “Boxing,” and more. This way I can know when news breaks on any of my interests, without going through several websites.