On the subject of reader engagement, the above is a classroom mural inspired by Nick Kristof’s post-Ferguson columns, “When Whites Just Don’t Get It.” Another example of reader engagement will be in the New York Times magazine, which is using the Times Reader Insight panel as guinea pigs for journalism. It’s asking them questions such as whether you’ve had dinner with your neighbours, and “Let’s say you are at a party and people are talking about a particular book that everyone has read except for you. Do you admit you haven’t read it, or do you fake it?” I’m curious to find out if NYT readers are dinner party frauds.
For Tuesday’s class, please spend some time looking at Snowfall, which we will discuss in class. Also, read the leaked Innovation Report. In case you want to see them again, class slides are in the Ctools site, under yesterday’s date.
ASSIGNMENT: Write a 400-word post comparing the treatment of one story in the paper version of the NYT with its online counterpart. You should make reference to the aims contained within the Innovation report, and assess to what extent the online presentation meets those criteria. You should pick a story related to your beat. What are the strengths and weaknesses of each presentation? How long did you spend on each? (for 8am, 20th Jan)
Notes: Please also ensure that you have a working twitter account before next class. The updated syllabus is in Ctools.