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‘There has never been anything like this.’

June 18, 2012
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By each Sunday during Weeks 2-6 of Summer B 2012, beginning June 24, I will introduce a story or topic to stimulate your thinking about news literacy. By each Wednesday, beginning June 27, you must comment with a 150- to 200-word response to my post for that week. Your deadline is 7 p.m. each Wednesday. You will do this five times in this course; each of your comments is worth 3 percent of your overall grade in the course. Download this rubric to better understand how your blog comment will be graded and these five tips for writing a successful comment.

An example for this week (for which you are not required to comment):

The video that revealed the beating of Rodney King by LAPD officers more than two decades ago was a seminal moment in citizen journalism, which — even more than technology itself — has transformed the way news is created, disseminated, and consumed. In 2011, Poynter.org’s Steve Myers wrote about that change. He introduced his essay (which includes links, so allow time to read it closely, carefully, and completely) this way:

“Twenty years ago tonight, George Holliday was awakened in his LA-area apartment by sirens and a police helicopter. He saw the commotion between police officers and a motorist on the street below, grabbed his brand-new Sony Handycam, and captured a scene that put a city in flames.

“A lot has changed, and a lot remains the same, since Holliday committed that act of citizen journalism by chronicling Rodney King’s beating. Here are some thoughts on the tools, the distribution and the economics of citizen journalism, then and now.”

This week’s blog is intended to stimulate your thinking about the place of citizen journalism in today’s media ecology. Reflect upon the most recent reliable and actionable news that you consumed. What was the news? On what media platform did you consume it? Via what device? Post your 150- to 200-word response as a comment here.

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