Agenda for May 1

— Go over readings

— Lab: Chamber of commerce news release activity + Art-A-Whirl edit


10 digital tools reporters can use to improve their storytelling 

What news orgs are learning about partnerships aimed at diversifying content 

Reporter draws gang crime map 


Class on Monday, April 29

— Review ethics quiz + Michelle Ames story
— Go over News U course + readings
— Lab: Brainstorm HERC package

** partnership with the U has launched !!


15 Steps for Changing Newsroom Culture
 The more diverse your brainstorming group, ‘the fresher your story ideas will be’
 Read three of the winners of the SPJ Sigma Delti Chi winners


Class on Wednesday, April 24

Please let the snow be gone!

— 25-point ethics quiz
— review readings
— Lab: NewsU Course — Innovation at Work



— Investigate the HERC (try to find the most recent environmental impact statement on the HERC)

A look at Churnalism 

Compassion goes a long way in reporting on tragedies 

4 takeaways from journalists’ coverage of Boston bombings 

Class on Monday, April 15

— Review website critiques lab + other websites we love (VOSD, MinnPost)
— Review readings + look at Quips
— Go over final paper
— Lab: Blog work & review Pulitzer winners 

REMINDER: Wednesday, April 17 we are having Coffee Shop day at the Purple Onion. Guest speaker is Jamie Millard. 🙂


Design isn’t just for the big guys
 Solving the hyperlocal puzzle 
From print to broadcast 

** Assignment for final paper:

You are charged with applying for the editor position at publication of your choosing or crafting a plan for a new publication.The publication must have a print and web component.

In four pages, I want you to detail your attributes as an editor and propose a plan for changing the editorial/digital direction of the publication or, if you are creating a new publication, defining your niche and scope as a new publication. In addition to discussing core editorial content and story ideas, you must discuss a strategy for the print product, digital product(s), social media and other marketing strategies. Be as specific as you can with your ideas for the publication. (80 points// due Monday, May 13 at noon. Please e-mail to Sarah McKenzie at