Welcome to Digital Journalism 310

Welcome to Journalism 310 – Digital Journalism for the Winter 2018 semester at Eastern Michigan University.

iphone_20150105_9938-smallIn this class, we’ll take a look at the rapidly changing world of journalism and practice the skills you will need to work as a digital journalist. I intend for the class to be heavy on practical experience, with a bit of theory and philosophy thrown in.  I am a working journalist and I plan to bring in some of my colleagues, with expertise in different areas, as guest speakers throughout the semester (I already have a couple speakers lined up). We’ll also likely visit the Free Press so you can see what a modern newsroom looks like.

All students will be required to create and maintain a blog as part of the class.  Some of the topics we will cover include writing for the web, live blogging from an event, the importance of social media, SEO (search engine optimization), writing good headlines, basic HTML, digital photography, news caption writing, use of videos in reporting, Facebook Live, the role of citizen journalists, the challenges faced by newspapers and digital media companies, and much more. Journalists by nature must be inquisitive and assertive – I expect you to ask questions and add to the discussion in class – so yes, class participation counts.

Important!!!  Make sure you check out the Syllabus and The Class pages.

One final note: Expect things to be fluid and flexible, just like a real newsroom where what you are doing can change in a heartbeat.

About Steve Pepple

Steve Pepple is a working journalist, web designer and photographer based in the Detroit-Ann Arbor area. He works as a assistant metro editor and writing coach at the Detroit Free Press. He previously worked as the print director at the ground-breaking digital media company AnnArbor.com, overseeing the productions of the twice-weekly newspaper. Prior to that he was the metro editor at the Ann Arbor News and previously served as the managing editor of The Herald-Palladium in Benton Harbor-St. Joseph, Mich. Steve also operates a web design business at moonlightproductions.net and has a wedding and portrait photography business at stevepepple.com.
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