Welcome, students!

Hi guys! Welcome to Journalism 200. This class will, I hope, build a foundation of skills for all of you that will help you be the best journalist possible.

In today’s world, that journalist might be writing for print — or online. He or she might be writing on a blackberry, filing to a blog through an iphone or videotaping and uploading interviews for a webcast. The point is, there are so many ways to tell stories, and the options today are numerous. As today’s student journalists, you need to learn to be proficient at the tools so you can make use of ALL the storytelling vehicles.

But first, you must learn the basics — how to interview, report, write leads. And here, in this blog, you’ll have the opportunity to practice blogging news. It’s a different kind of online tool for getting information out, but an increasingly important one.

When you file blogs here, be sure to include lots of links. You can add photos, and auto and video if you choose. Experiment, have fun!

I don’t expect any of you to do this perfectly; this is a learning experience. If you have a question, ask it! If you want to try something I haven’t thought of, suggest it!

More than anything, I want all of you to learn and leave this class with a strong foundation of reporting and writing skills.

And I want you to  have fun. The one thing about journalists — nearly every journalist I know — is they have a passion for what they do, and they enjoy it.

Go for it!

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