COJO 4230: Advanced New Media

Students of journalism need to diversify their skills. You’ve already taken COJO 3530 Online Journalism, which built your skills in photography, audio reporting, photo/audio slideshows, and beginning web design and reporting. This class expands upon those skills by giving you a platform through which to share your work. You’ll go beyond maintaining a blog and you’ll create and design your own portfolio website to house your professional work. You’ll also add Flash projects to your repertoire of talents. In sum, get psyched, get inspired! This is fun stuff! The class is focused on two units:

  1. Flash Journalism: Examples provided by Mindy McAdams | New York Times examples | Student Example 1 | Student 2 Example | Student Example 3
  2. Portfolio Website: Student Example 1 | Student Example 2 | Student Example 3 | Student Example 4

Course Blog

Students from last fall’s COJO 3530 Online Journalism class will recognize this blog. We used this blog as the course website and only used e-Companion for grade management. The same will be true this semester. I’ll post all of our course materials and assignments here, under the COJO 4230 tab in the left-side navigation column. So, check back frequently. An addition to this course is the use of Twitter…


Sign up for Twitter. I know it’s another account you have to create, manage, and remember your dang password for. But, this is worth it. You can begin to build a network through Twitter. First, sign-up for an account. Pick a professional account name, not something like k-train82. Then, read “Brand-Tweeting-New: Tips for Twitter Newbies” by Kelli Matthews. Find people to follow through looking at these lists. I highly recommend following InternAlert for intern and job opportunities. You can follow me as well. I’ll be tweeting helpful resources throughout the semester.

About The Author

I'm a faculty member in Communication & Journalism at the University of Wyoming. At UW, I have taught online journalism, advanced new media, introduction to mass media, politics and media, and alternative media. At Ohio State, where I got my PhD, I taught research methods, news reporting and writing, visual communication, and persuasion. My reserach focuses on political communication, emerging media platforms, and entertainment media. In my spare time, I love to play with my daughters, hang out with my family, cook, hike, jog, read, and blog.

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