Week 15 (Dec 7) lecture

And just like that, our semester is over. Here are the slides from tonight’s lecture, including the information  on the final exam.

Here are the slides with showing the progression of Wikipedia’s page on the Japanese earthquake and tsunami.

Here’s a link to the Rachel Maddow clip about things you find on the Internet:

Here’s the Eli Pariser Ted talk on “the filter bubble.”

And, by request, here is Tucker the musical Schnoodle:


Here is the study guide for the final exam.

If you need a reminder on how to submit to turnitin.com you can get that here.

Please do note that I’m looking for more thoughtful answers in the final. Some of you did a great job on your midterm. For others of you I thought you could do better. A few of you looked like you were winging it the night before it was due. You’ll need to do better than that on the final.

Thank you for a great semester!

Week 14 (Nov 30) lecture

Restaurant Rats

Rick Perry’s Top Ten on Letterman

Dangers of reporting live television

Hit and run accident

Guns on campus video

FEMA Trailers

Assignments referenced in lecture:

Week 13 (Nov 23)

Happy Thanksgiving!

Remember: Do not come to the classroom next week. Instead, please come back to this site for an online lecture.

Week 12 (Nov 16) lecture

Tonight we have fresh headlines to talk about the controversy in Salt Lake City over citizen journalism. We’ll also talk about the power of images. Here are the lecture slides:


Links from today’s lecture

KSL’s story about the ethics of Mayor Mike Winder’s Deseret Connect contributions;

The Deseret News takes legislators out for breakfast, but lawmakers don’t like what’s being served;

Stories from Deseret News, Salt Lake Tribune,  USA Today, Associated Press (via Washington Post), New York Times;

PRSA’s condemnation of Winder and a statement from the Salt Lake Chapter;

Winder resigned from his job at the Summit Group, a Salt Lake PR firm;

US News columnist weighs in on the dangers of citizen journalism, in light of the Winder affair;

Salt Lake Tribune opines that Winder harmed his city and Deseret News readers;

Susan Orlean of  the New Yorker writes the Winder affair demonstrates Deseret Connect had a “lower standard of accountability than, say, the reviews section of Amazon”;

The Trib’s Pat Bagley offers this editorial cartoon;

City’s Weekly’s initial view of the Winder affair, followed by a satirical piece;

The Salt Lake Tribune compiles a list of stories on the Winder affair.

Video verification: CBS shows Hillary Clinton’s memory of Bosnia trip was faulty:

The Onion reports on “the CIA’s successful Facebook program”:

CBS report on autistic basketball manager:

Flu shot disables cheerleader (or did it?):

CBS Sunday Morning on digital imagery and whether you can believe what you see.

Next week is, of course, the Thanksgiving Holiday. The following week our lecture will be online, so don’t come to class the next two weeks. We’ll next meet in person on December 7, which is our last class.

The Final exam will either be a take-home or in the Testing Center — either way it will be during finals week. More information to come on that and your final essay (so please tune in for the online lecture the week after the Thanksgiving holiday).

Week 11 (Nov 9) Lecture

In this evening’s lecture we learned how to deconstruct news stories, looking to see whether headlines and leads supported main points; whether reporters “opened the freezer” or relied upon arm’s-length information; we evaluated reporters sources, checked for transparency, context, fairness and completeness. The lecture slides are provided here, followed by the homework instructions.

We worked with a workbook in class, which is also embedded below. Your assignment is to complete the workbook. That means examining the story examples we did not get to in class  and answering all the questions in the workbook. Bring your completed workbook to class next time (and don’t forget to put your name on the workbook).

Week 10 (Nov 2): Exam

Reminder: Do not come to class on Wednesday, November 2. We will not be having class.

The midterm exam has been emailed to you. Please let me know (by email) if you have not received it.

Good luck!

Week 9 (Oct 26) lecture

Here are the lecture slides for today’s topic, evaluating sources. Remember: Next week is the exam. It’s a take-home exam, so do not come to class next week (November 2).