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Digital Newsgathering

~ This is the Tumblr for Journalism 226 at SF State ~

Readings & Resources

Class meetings will include group discussion around the previous week’s reading assignments. I will also regularly share optional reading materials via Twitter and Tumblr. Please feel free to share any of your favorite articles, blog posts, etc. with the class on those platforms.


Glossary of common terms in digital journalism (Journalist’s Resource)

New Media Toolkit (Renaissance Journalism Center)

Resources for journalists who cover trauma (Dart Center)

Twitter help center

Tumblr help center

Ustream support center

Verification Junkie

W3Schools’ HTML and CSS tutorials

Tech support cheat sheet (xkcd)

Fungible (Stijn Debrouwere)

Why journalists? Because people are sick of being lied to (Laurie Penny)

Teaching journalists to read (Felix Salmon)

NSA collecting phone records of millions of Verizon customers daily (Glenn Greenwald)


NSA Prism program taps in to user data of Apple, Google and others (Glenn Greenwald and Ewen MacAskill)

What’s the matter with metadata? (Jane Mayer)

Using metadata to find Paul Revere (Kieran Healy)

Where “nothing to hide” fails as logic (Danah Boyd)

Edward Snowden: the whistleblower behind the NSA surveillance revelations (Glenn Greenwald, Ewen MacAskill and Laura Poitras)

How spy agency contractors have already abused their power (Lee Fang)

How Microsoft handed the NSA access to encrypted messages (Glenn Greenwald, Ewen MacAskill, Laura Poitras, Spencer Ackerman and Dominic Rushe)

Connecting the dots on Prism, phone surveillance and the NSA’s massive spy center (James Bamford)

XKeyscore: NSA tool collects “nearly everything a user does on the Internet” (Glenn Greenwald)

How Laura Poitras helped Snowden spill his secrets (Peter Maass)

Lavabit’s Ladar Levison: “If you knew what I know about email, you might not use it” (Kashmir Hill)

NSA officers spy on love interests (Siobhan Gorman)

The strange case of Barrett Brown (Peter Ludlow)

That’s no phone. That’s my tracker (Peter Maass and Megha Rajagopalan)

The girl’s guide to staying safe online (Sady Doyle)

How journalists can secure their digital perimeter (Eric Westervelt)

Mom, this is how Twitter works. (Jessica Hische)

What I learned in Joplin (Brian Stelter)

Twitter vs. mainstream media ~ Which is faster at breaking news? (Sydney Brownstone)

[LA] Times reporters in 140 characters (Jessica Lum)

Vintage Tweets (Twopcharts)

How our university newspaper used social media to find news and break it (Suzanne Yada)

(Video) NPR’s Andy Carvin on tracking and tweeting revolutions (Hari Sreenivasan)

Correct, don’t delete, that erroneous tweet (Scott Rosenberg)

Why do we link in news stories? (Mathew Ingram)

Journalists, take another look at Tumblr (Mindy McAdams)

A journalist’s guide to using Tumblr (Taylor Miller Thomas)

Common copyright mistakes that can get you sued (Mark Luckie)

The Internet is a giant lie factory (Harry Cheadle)

For, debunking the Bambi hoax was all in a day’s work (Online Journalism Review)

Crap Detection 101 (Howard Rheingold)

Research strategies (Journalist’s Resource)

What does California law say about audio recording? (RCFP)

On Interviewing (Alex Blumberg)

Radio: An Illustrated Guide (Jessica Abel and Ira Glass)

Know your rights: photographers (ACLU)

10 questions to ask when taking a digital photo (Darren Rouse)

Telling stories with photos (Rouse)

Framing your shots (Rouse)

Rule of Thirds (Rouse)

Fill your frame (Rouse)

Finding fresh angles to shoot from (Rouse)

10 quick smartphone photography tips (Sarah)

30 shocking and unexpected Google Street View photos (Jon Rafman)

Street photography (Wikipedia)

Vivian Maier (Wikipedia)

Learn to shoot video (Mindy McAdams)

Edit your video with iMovie or Windows Movie Maker (Mindy McAdams)

Sequencing: the foundation of video storytelling (Colin Mulvany)

Loyalty, obsession and the extreme opposite of “all the news that’s fit to print” (Jay Rosen)

Look, you’re right, okay? But you’re also wrong. (Jay Rosen)

Selections from a special report by The Economist:

Bulletins from the future

A little local difficulty

The people formerly known as the audience

Julian Assange and the new wave

Coming full circle

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