In 1990, a cartoon in the New Yorker (above) captured the public's fascination with a tool that promised anonymity, immediacy and the ability to communicate anywhere anytime. The Web made its mark with e-mail, games and chat rooms. News media, slow to catch on, saw it as a threat, not a chance to expand journalism. These days, millions of people get their news online -- and not just from the finally-in-the-game news giants. Last year, Yahoo launched a news site featuring Kevin Sites. It may turn out to be a model for journalism's future. It's a time of flux, excitement and opportunity.
It is essential, but not enough, to know how to report or otherwise provide information to the Internet.
It’s not enough to Google for your information, or to rely on automated information gatherers (such as
Yahoo news) for your news. You need to know how the Web works, why it works the way it does,
and the possible consequences of a growing global dependence on the Internet, especially in terms
of mediated information. This is not a production course, but you will become acquainted with the basic
techniques of Web work. The goal of the course is to give you a far-reaching Web literacy and a
deep understanding of the challenges and possibilities of online journalism. I want, above all, to share
with you the enthusiasm and excitement I feel about the potential reach of this powerful new medium.
For class pages, click on the dates at left.