Your final projects


Here is the Google map of your final projects. Now that the semester is over, I know you want to move on to other things. But I hope you’ll take some time and have a look at what your classmates have been doing for the past few weeks. Works best if you click on “View Larger Map.”

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The Pulitzers embrace online journalism

Here are a few links we’ll be looking at in class today:

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Class visit to the Globe Lab

Northeastern students and Boston Globe technologists at the Globe Lab. (Photo by Michael Morisy)

Many thanks to Chris Marstall, creative technologist at the Boston Globe, who hosted our visit to the Globe Lab on Thursday evening. We got a chance to see some pretty interesting projects, and learned about how BostonGlobe.com uses responsive design to reformat itself for a wide variety of digital devices.

Today, the Society for News Design honored BostonGlobe.com as the “World’s Best Designed website.” You can read about that here.

We also heard from Miranda Mulligan, design director for BostonGlobe.com and Boston.com; Damon Kiesow, senior product manager for the two sites; Joel Abrams, social-media product manager; and Andy Boyle, newsroom Web developer.

All that and food, too.

Many thanks to our hosts for an interesting and informative evening.

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New social-media tools for journalists

Browse more infographics.

On Tuesday we will take a look at Visual.ly, a social-networking site for infographics that are available for journalists to use. The service is working on tools for do-it-yourself graphics, and we’ll take a look at some of those as well.

The example above fits well with the talk we recently attended by Chinese journalist Wu Nan.

We’ll also look at PostPost, which allows for sophisticated searches of the people you follow on Twitter and what they’re talking about.

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End-of-the-semester deadlines

Please reread this post for detailed information about your final project. I thought it would be useful to list your upcoming deadlines here.

  • Friday, April 13, 5 p.m. Draft of your final project, submitted by email as a Microsoft Word file. Your slideshow, posted to Flickr, with an email so that I’ll have the link.
  • Tuesday, April 17, midnight. Deadline for posting to your blog for the second-half assessment.
  • Friday, April 20, midnight. Video component of your final project. Send me an email with the link. Note: I will keep 171 Holmes open until midnight for anyone who wants to finish his or her project there.
  • Tuesday, April 24, 10 a.m. The final steps on your final project, with your story posted to your blog with a good headline; an image from your slideshow posted to your blog, linked to your Flickr slideshow; and your YouTube video embedded in your blog. You also must send me a paragraph or two on how you used social media to help with your reporting.
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Catching up with your blogs

I enjoyed reading what you’ve been writing today, and have sent you all brief emails. I do want to emphasize that if you’re not posting regularly on your beat (or even off your beat), then it affects the quality of your blog and will have an effect on your grade as well. It’s not enough just to write the assigned posts.

The final deadline for posting to your blog is next Tuesday, April 17.

Also: I don’t know of any respectable stylebook, including AP’s, that allows postal abbreviations for states. Yet I saw a lot of references to Washington, PA. According to AP style, it should be Washington, Pa. Remember, your AP Stylebook is your friend.

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Three ways of thinking about the Burmese elections

Today we’re going to take a look at three Boston-based news organizations that cover international news to see what they’re saying about the elections in Myanmar, better known as Burma.

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