Here’s how the Reading Responses will go: most weeks, you will have a reading assignment from our textbook, Journalism Next by Mark Briggs (this week, you are assigned the Introduction and Chapter 1). Usually, I will post links to additional readings on this blog. Here are some readings now!
- Newspapers and Thinking the Unthinkable by Clay Shirky
- 15 Reasons I Think You Should Blog by Joshua Becker
- Optional: Holy Shit, I Interviewed the President by Hank Green as well as President Obama’s interview with Green and two other YouTube celebrities
I will often pose a question on this blog related to the readings. If there’s something else in the readings that jumped out at you, you’re welcome to address that too.
Your response MUST address the Briggs chapter and should add elements from the other readings. You don’t need to cite everything, but you need to connect your writing to Briggs for full credit. Keep these responses short and to-the-point, but cover your bases. Don’t just summarize the readings; build on them! And make sure you post as your WordPress identity so I know who you are.
This week’s question!
Briggs offers some suggestions for focusing your blog, such as keeping in mind that “it’s not about you.” How can you write in a way that gets beyond yourself and meaningfully adds to the ongoing conversation?
Respond in the comments section of this blog post by 9 a.m. Sunday, February 1.