For our first class this week, we will delve into a compelling multimedia case study: The Bakersfield Californian and Blogging the Courtroom.
You can print out a PDF if you’d like, but take advantage of the multimedia elements, such as audio interviews with the main characters, links to their bios, and PDFs of internal newsroom e-mails.
The case study assignment is worth 20 points. The first part, worth 10 points, is to post a brief response (250 words or less) as a comment to this blog entry answering one of these two questions:
1. Who is right — Logan or Jenner? And why do you think so?
2. What are the strengths and weaknesses of the Californian’s trial blog coverage? (Revisit the trial blog entries mentioned in the case study, and browse the blog itself, especially the first three months of coverage in February, March and April 2007.
Your response must be posted by 11:59 p.m. on Monday.
The second 10 points will be awarded on the basis of your contributions to the case study discussion in class.
Enjoy the case!