Posted on Thursday, November 8 2007 by Heather Brandon
In advance, Professor Nelson relayed to me a number of questions that the class may be keen to discuss. These include covering topics such as:
How does Urban Compass relate to the Valley Advocate and earlier, the Republican, in terms of the relationship between mainstream and citizen media?
What are my experiences as an entrepreneur? Students may want to learn how they might be successful journalistic/blogger entrepreneurs.
What is my understanding of my role as a journalist, and treatment by mainstream journalists and newsmakers, given my status as a blogger?
What are my experiences as a female blogger/journalist, and how that identity has affected or enabled my work?
How do I deal with legal issues? Do I have libel insurance? Do I follow certain procedures to check whether I am libeling someone?
The class read Dan Gillmor’s We the Media, which prompts other questions: how do I deal with the issue of anonymity for those who comment on my blog entries?
What do I do with trolls, if I’ve had any?
How do I deal with copyright issues? Do I worry about what is fair to use, or do I have cause to worry?
Do I have a policy about whether and how I cite published sources?
Do I have a policy or opinion about altering images I publish?
In response, I also sent Professor Nelson a short list of questions for his students to consider in advance of my visit. I asked them to look at all three iterations of my blog—the first on MassLive.com, the second at valleyadvocate.com, and the third here at urbancompass.net.
A few questions for students to consider as they look at these links:
Is Urban Compass a political blog? If not, what kind of blog is it?
Who do you think reads Urban Compass, and why?
What is Urban Compass doing that seems somehow unique from what traditional media offers? What is it doing that seems somehow the same?
I’m interested to know if any readers have any reflections to share about these questions, or related matters.