McCain concedes defeat

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Demo–Video Recording for Online Publishing

The following link takes you to a demo video for online Publishing—a%20Demo.3gp—a%20Demo.3gp

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The following links take you to some of the outstanding assignments posted by my online journalism students as part of their practicals during the 2010/2011 academic session; Department of Communication and Language Arts, University of Ibadan, Nigeria:

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We must all work together to save Nigeria–Our Collective Heritage–from the shackles of bloody scavengers in human apparels.

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Newspaper Will Die

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Syllabus on Online Journalism

University of Ibadan

Department of Communication and Language Arts

Google docs link:


Course Title:

Basic Online Reporting Techniques

Course Description:

The course is a ten-week practical-oriented course that is designed to equip the students with the fundamental skills of online journalism. The world is moving and the new technologies are changing the media business. This course is, therefore, designed to introduce the journalism students of this department to the arts of online reporting that would make them fit into the mobile world of modern journalism. The course will require the students to engage in a number of practical exercises on how to use multimedia facilities to publish news stories online. Specifically, the students will be required to start and complete some tasks on the use of audio-visual facilities and materials that facilitate online publication of news stories, interviews, sound slides, and pictures that can enhance such stories.

Also, the course will expose the students to the online journalism practice around the world using the giant multinational media outfits such as CNN, BBC, Aljazeera, etc. as reference points. The course will equally expose the students to the fundamentals of the Internet.

The course will also teach the students how to apply media ethics and theories to online journalism. Examples will be drawn from the local contents giving attention to the normative values that shape how the media operate in Nigeria

Regular attendance at lectures and active participation in the assigned practical and theoretical exercises are mandatory. Any student that fails to meet 75% of attendance and participation will be asked to repeat the course.

Access to the Internet is mandatory because students will do virtually all the assignment and tasks online. Therefore, each student is expected to have a good, Internet-compliant laptop as we may not rely on the desktops in the Department considering the epileptic electricity supply.

This course is designed to complement those journalism courses we already have in the Department. Three contact hours a week shall be maintained.


Learning Objectives:

By the end of the lectures, the students are expected to be able to:

(a)    Have good knowledge of the media ethics and theories,

(b)    Apply the ethical principles and theoretical underpinnings to online journalism,

(c)    Use the Internet to locate appropriate sites that are relevant to their job as journalism students,

(d)   Have a clear understanding of what online journalism entails and requires

(e)    Draw similarities and distinction between online journalism and conventional reporting,

(f)    Become familiar with various Internet terminologies,

(g)   Create blog account and start blog of their own,

(h)   Use the blog and other content management systems to publish stories independently,

(i)     Acquire skills to write, edit and publish text sounds, sound, and audio online,

(j)     Have good understanding of online journalism around the world.


Grading Information:

The course will be graded using two criteria: Full participation in practical exercises, discussions during lectures, and attendance at lectures (70%), and a written exam (30%). Five exercises shall be given to the students during the course.

(i)                 Attendance , not below 75%, will attract 10 marks,

(ii)               Each exercise correctly completed according to instructions, and submitted before the deadline will attract 10 marks,

(iii)             If the student fails to follow the instructions accurately,  or the assignment is not satisfactorily completed, but submitted before the deadline, 4 marks will be awarded,

(iv)             If the student submits the assignment after the deadline, even though, all instructions are followed, 0 mark will be awarded,

(v)               There will be five discussions throughout the ten weeks of lecture. Total possible marks for discussion 10 marks. To score the maximum points for discussion, the student must participate actively at each class discussion by making meaningful contributions, ask interesting questions about the subject of the discussion or give intelligent responses to questions from classmates.



Written Exam:

The written exam shall cover the areas of media ethic and theories. The exam will test the students’ understanding of the theories and ethical principles and how these can be applied, in practical terms to, online journalism.


Weekly Schedule:

Week 1

  • Overview of online journalism in Nigeria
  • Introduction to the basics the Internet
  • Introduction to Content management system: Blogs and blogging


  • Create a blog at
  • Write a report about online journalism in Nigeria and post your report to your blog

Week 2

  • Ethical issues in online journalism
  • Normative theories of the press in relation to online journalism



Relevance of theories and ethics in online journalism

Week 3

  • Distinction between online journalism and conventional media business
  • Telling the story through multimedia and interactivity.
  • Attribution and credibility in online reporting



  • State what you like or dislike about multimedia and interactive journalism, and post your comment to your blog

Week 4

  • Distinction between online audio journalism and conventional radio broadcast
  • Using audacity to edit audio contents



  • Edit an interview and upload it to your blog

Useful link:



Sources credibility in online journalism

Week 5

  • Publishing Visual content in online journalism: photos, and video
  • Publishing Visual content in online journalism: maps,  and animated images.

Week 6

  • Digital photo editing
  • Engaging the audience with online news: crowd sourcing, participatory journalism


  • Edit photos and upload to your blog

Week 7

  • Engaging the audience with online news: twitter
  • Participating in twitting activities


  • Create a twitter account

Useful links:


  • Technical questions arising from twitter exercise

Week 8

  • Audio slideshows
  • Online video interviews


  • Your experiences as interviewer for online journalism

Week 9

  • Video editing for online journalism
  • Citizen journalism


  • Implications of online journalism for Nigeria’ democracy

Week 10









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In my several years of using the Internet, I had always been skeptical about social networking such as face book, tweeter and the likes. Instead, I used to give priority to other personal issues. However, the story changed dramatically recently when Professor Mindy Macadams, my online journalism teacher, introduced me to some online packages that can serve as reliable tools for online journalism. TWEETER is one of such online packages.

When I opened an account with tweeter, I connected to some people. Through direct messages and tweets, I learnt that most of the people I have connected with share my dream; some are in the same field as I am. In some of my  initial messages to my new tweeter friends, I invited people to be my friends. But Mindy, my teacher, quickly corrected me. So I have learnt that in tweeter, “it is not cool” to invite people to be one’s friend. This is the culture in face book, not in tweeter. Indeed tweeter is a fine social network that enables one to connect to different people that matter.

Like Google and Yahoo, tweeter also allows users to engage in online chats with friends. Mindy has engaged most of his online students in tweet chat. However, I cannot comment much on my experience with tweeter chat yet. The reason is that I not join the tweet chat session of Tuesday (9/11/2010). When I opened the site later, I however, read  the conversations by some of my colleagues during their chat. What I read in these discussions are wonderfully exciting.  I hope to join the second session on Wednesday, but I think I should send this post today in order to beat the deadline for submitting this assignment. After the Chat on Wednesday, I hope to write more on experience with tweeter chat.

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Exercise 6; Soundslides on Poor Electricity in Nigeria

The soundslides describe the state of poor power supply in Nigeria.




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Exercise 5: Crop, Tone and Resize Photos

Oluwaferanmi Michael Ojebuyi, singing some Christian choruses on a cool Tuesday evening





A welder fixing a new iron door to the main entrance of the newly refurbished studios of the Department of Communication and Language Arts, University of Ibadan, Nigeria.


Some postgraduate students of the Department of Communication and Language Arts, University of Ibadan, in a group discussion shortly before a second semester afternoon exam.


Some undergraduate students of the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, trying to avoid a live electric cable while plucking some fruits in front of the Large Lecture Theatre of the Art Faculty


Front view of the Faculty of Arts, University of Ibadan, Nigeria, wearing a new look after a massive renovation by the University Management.

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