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Class Links & Assignments

Fall 2013 Links


Week 2 (Origins)

NPR News story on the sale of The Well and the origins of social media sites:


Week 3 (E-mail, Twitter, Facebook, Blogs)

I Forgot My Phone:

NYTs More connected or more alone?

NPR’s Talk of the Nation: Using Hashtags (8 Jan 13):


Week 4 (New Media vs Old Media)

Facebook’s User Policy

Trailer for Terms and Conditions (thanks to Tim):

NYT New Facebook Policy Still Cryptic:

NYT Privacy Groups Aim to Stop FB Policy Changes:

NYT Facebook Delays Privacy Policy:

Assignment 4: PBS NewsHour’s “Fresh Look”
Old video:

Current YouTube Channel:


Week 5 (The Changing Role of a Reporter)

Sherry Hu, formerly a KPIX-TV reporter, spoke to the Laney College Journalism 65 ‘Social Media for Journalists’ class, on February 22, 2013:


Week 6 (Urban Social Media)

Guest Lecture video: Shaun Tai of Oakland Digital on use of social media, digital arts in an urban setting. Link to video:


Week 7 (Ethics)

NPR: How Storyful vets online content for news organizations:

Kip Welch Guest Lecture on the legal aspects of social media
Kip Welch PowerPoint

Assignment 7: Read New York Times Magazine article on Boston bombing and write a 350-word review of the article for discussion in class next week: The Boston Bombing-Should Reddit Be Blamed for Crowd Sourcing a Smear?:


Week 8 (User Agreements)

Assignment 8: Choose a user agreement from a social media site, read the entire agreement. Select a term or a section that you find interesting. Write a 250-word essay on the user agreement, quote the term or section and detail why you selected it. Use the MLA citation standard to refer to the section you quoted. For MLA citation standards, see


Week 9 (Investigative Reporting and Social Media)

Seth Rosenfeld/Richard Aoki Case Study

Rosenfeld’s Subversives Aoki Chaper


Week 10: (Online-only News Organizations)

Oakland Local:


Week 11 (International Reporting and Social Media)

NPR Arab Spring and Social Media:

GRNLive, The Foreign Correspondent’s Network Links: Twitter: @grnlive

New York Times New Diplomatic Avenue: 140-Characters:


Week 12 (Photojournalism)

Pinterest Pulitzer Prize-winning Photographs:

30 Photos that Changed the World:

NPR A War Photographer In His Element:

Ray Chavez:


Week 14 (Feature/Editorial/News)

Daniel Borenstein, Columnist and editorial writer, Contra Costa Times, Oakland Tribune and the Bay Area News Group/East Bay: For in-class discussion:


Other Links

NewsHour: Employees and Social Media (28 Jan 13)

Pew Research on News Media

60 Minutes Report on the Founder of Twitter


Sumul Shaw – Wildlife Control Links

On The Media: Social Media Coverage Of The Boston Bombing

Talk of the Nation: Tweeting Crime: Law Enforcement Adapts To Social Media

Class lecture videos, including the 3 part SF Chronicle tour, for the 3 May 2013 assignment is at

  • Jeff Heyman

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