Don’t be a ‘Google whore’

Untitled-1This week’s unit in Advanced Media Reporting was on blogging and the students’ first assignment was to find five websites that are must-reads for journalists.

The parameters are pretty broad. They can include blogs, information sources, government sites and just about anything but social media (That is next week). I really hope they dig into this and don’t just Google “Best journalism sites” or some such crap.

As a signal of encouragement, I offer these hints. The best sites are often links from other sites. And when you decide on your five, look for diversity. If you are a sports reporter, don’t give me espn.com, cbssportsline.com and si.com. Pick a news and information source from them. Don’t give me a bunch of blogs within a home site, either. Give me some diversity. And, sporto, generalist sites on multimedia, data mining, writing and photography fit the bill, too.

Find sites that will make a journalist — you — better at what you do.

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