Another great discussion today. We’ll get finished up with history tomorrow. Make sure you have done everything from yesterday’s email: setup WordPress and do initial post, fill out the form with your Blog url, Twitter, LinkedIn, readings, and the definitions of the Key Concepts and Terms from the Social Media Techniques presentation (we’ll discuss, print out so you can turn in).

For tomorrow:

  • Read Chapter 2 on Blogging
  • Watch Did You Know and The Machine is Us/Ing Us videos.

We’ll finish the video on the History of Internet/Web in class.

That’s it. I just sent a message about the News Presentations. We’ll discuss tomorrow, and I will post the schedule.


Hi everyone,

Great discussion for day 1. For tomorrow, we’ll be talking about the History of the Internet and Web.

Here’s what you need to do before class:

  • Read: Intro and Chapter 1 in Journalism Next
  • Read: From Pencils to Pixels (link on course outline at
  • Start your blog – check out the WordPress handout, and look at the Blog Assignment on the Assignments page of the site. Do the basic setup requirements and write a GOOD introductory post on the topic of your blog. Remember, good posts have visuals and links!
  • Join Twitter and LinkedIn if you haven’t already. For Twitter, if you follow me, you might get hints for tests or quizzes. @cindyroyal. Do a tweet using our hashtag #fdom that introduces your blog topic and its url.
  • Fill out the form (I sent link via email) with your name, blog url, twitter and LinkedIn. Do it before class time tomorrow Tues, July 9
  • Look at the Social Media Techniques powerpoint on the course outline. I went over that in class. On the 13th and 14th slides, find the Key Concepts and Key Terms. Get the definitions for all of them, type and bring to class. We’ll discuss. You’ll turn them in.

Welcome to the class, everyone. I am excited to get started with this semester. We’ll be covering a lot of ground quickly, learning about the digital and online world and how it can affect your future. I look forward to hearing your take on these issues. This class is now required for all journalism and mass comm students. Take a look throughout the site to familiarize yourself with the topics. First day of class is July 8. On most weeks, we’ll meet in person M-Th, but will have online assignments on Fridays.

I’ll post everything you need to this site. Updates and reminders will appear on the home page. You can see the full schedule on the Outline. And, the other links will provide more information about the class and myself.

I really enjoy teaching this class. I get to talk about all the new and important issues in technology and get to hear your ideas and impressions. Feel free to email me if you have any questions croyal [at]