Wednesday, February 08, 2006

UPDATE: Thursday visitors: iBrattleboro, Paul Hopkins; "Citizen Kane" review; Okrent talk

An update about our class tomorrow night:

As noted previously, Chris Grotke and Lise LePage will visit with us for the first hour to talk about their pioneering local community news website, iBrattleboro. Check it out from this gateway and be ready with questions about how they see their role in shaping new forms of journalism.

Then at 7:30 p.m., we'll be joined by Paul Hopkins, who is currently the head of human resources at North Adams Regional Hospital. But for about 10 years he was a full-time, out-in-the-community radio newsman at WMNB in North Adams. He'll talk about his perception of what broadcast journalism was like and why it mattered.

After Paul finishes up, we'll take a bio break and then discuss "Citizen Kane." Please review my film notes posted last week to help get the conversation going:

During the balance of the evening, we'll discuss the first chapters of "The Elements of Journalism", which you were assigned to read.


Two recent blog posts you might find of interest:

We'll briefly discuss each if time.

In addition, I will give you a URL tomorrow night (and I'll have a few copies for people who want it on paper) of the list of potential giraffes for which we need Media Giraffe Project profiles. Taking on two of these is among the
requirements for the class.

And I have a question for you:

Read this story:

Do you feel the descriptions in this story reflect your own personal media-consumption habits? Why or why not? Can you POST your thoughts to our blog?

Finally, don't forget to put into your schedule attending the talk on Monday, Feb. 13, by former New York Times ombudsman Dan Okrent at Williams College starting at 8 p.m. in Griffin Hall.

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