Thursday, October 27, 2005

Miers Withdrawal Becomes Teaching Tool

The Harriet Miers story became a great way to engage my convergence class on how online or web journalism tells a story in a rapid-fire, minute-by-minute way with which even TV can't compete. Having heard Washington editor Jim Brady talk about the role of the Supreme Court story in its coverage, I followed for nearly an hour downloading and printing their multiple updates. By the end of the process, I had a 12-page handout that shows how the Post went from an A.P. wire story on this breaking news to a Washington Post-generated piece accompanied by promos of an 11am CHAT (or as the calls-- Q&A) with the Post's white house correspondent. From purely a news standpoint, it's been an exciting week to watch big breaking stories. From the somewhat unexpected death of Rosa Parks to the indictment of a former Alabama governor to the White Sox sweep of the Astros to Harriet Miers. Of course, the national media are poised for yet another BIG story-- possible indictments of White House officials. We'll have to wait and see.

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