Reminder: Assessment Part 1
The draft (part-time) and final version (full-time) of your news story (350 – 400 words) is due this week.
Time will be available during class to complete your story if required and extensions can be negotiated if you need more time.
Getting the good oil from the internet
Research and write a profile of a significant person from history using only Internet resources.
It’s a lot trickier than you might think finding the right information, ensuring it’s factual, deciding how much of it to use, and then writing a bio in an engaging style.
If you Google Jesus Christ, for example, you’re offered more than 542 million search results. How do you decide which ones to use?
It’s okay to start with Wikipedia, but you must also use other sites to build your research. The references and other links at the bottom of a Wikipedia page are often very useful first steps.
Diligent research will identify the sources you can trust such as experts in the field and specialist websites for biographical and statistical information. Building up your knowledge of reputable media outlets will also be of great benefit.
- Wikipedia: Academic use
- Can you trust Wikipedia? The Guardian (2005)
- Georgetown University Library’s guide to evaluating web resources
- What’s Wrong with Wikipedia? The Harvard Guide to Using Sources.
For an example of Wikipedia going wrong, see this entry on Ghana, which was edited during a soccer World Cup.
- Write a 500-word profile of the person you chose
- Include references to the web sites you used for your research, and 200 words explaining what, in your opinion, makes one site trustworthy and others less so
- Post your profile on WordPress with a CC-licensed photo or illustration
BONUS CONTENT: Picks of the Week
Notes from a Small Island – Bill Bryson
- ‘A lot of people are sleepwalking into it’: the expert raising concerns over AI by Stephanie Wood
- A Newsroom, On Pause by Maureen O’Dowd and Kathy Ryan
- Meet the trailblazing ABC News female camera operators by Natasha Johnson
- Saving Pop Punk? That’s Just Their Warm-Up Act