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Session 6: Feb 29

Discussion: the difference between hyperlocal, local and regional/national/international news coverage:

BBC — http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-17071207

IHT — http://query.nytimes.com/search/sitesearch?query=hk+tang&srchst=cse

Asia Sentinelhttp://www.asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=4268&Itemid=173

and Donald in Macau — http://www.asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=4251&Itemid=173 and

http://www.asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=4244&Itemid=173

Read/view the Economist / CNN / WSJ and compare CE coverage with HK outlets

VOX-ASIA is aimed at an English-speaking international audience who know where HK is but not much more …. so it has more in common with the above than with the Post/Standard/Ming Pao/Apple Daily etc

 Hyperlocal – Biglychee — http://biglychee.com/blog/ – heavily influenced by Private Eye. HK Magazine, Time Out (HK).

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Projects: Regroup on membership; plan first steps.
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Enterprise packages: start collecting your ideas

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CE Coverage:

Important: we are half way through the course and I notice that some students do not seem to have grasped some basic fundamentals. There is no excuse for this.

– Datelines — still getting stories landing without datelines/first sentence bold.

– Third person — still seeing stories written in the first or second person. This is journalism 101, chaps. Shouldn’t ever see … “we asked ….”  “told me” — “I went …. ” So put your egos away, please, and do NOT insert yourself into the story.

– Basic print stories. Some students are still not thinking multi-media and producing vanilla print stories with perhaps a photo thrown in as an after-thought. This is a MULTI-MEDIA course.

– Copyright infringement: Simply acknowledging the source of a pix is not sufficient in itself. You MUST HAVE EXPLICIT permission to use someone else’s work. Otherwise you are committing theft. You need a very good explanation if you don’t take your own photos etc on the occasions when you can.

– Failure to load the lede pix to the appropriate spot using CUSTOM FIELDS (when the template changes, Featured Photo will replace custom fields.) The principle remains the same.

– Unnecessary use of tables. The page widths are preset. Use tables only when they are needed. They slow down page loading.

– Style-sheet violations, particularly US spelling.

These are beginners’ errors. There is no excuse for ANY of them. Read the style-sheet (see top bar).

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CE Circus

Assign next set of coordinators (nb Reading Week)

Discuss:
Status update:
Demo of new template
Check on photo etc archiving
Coverage to date
Future coverage plans
Produce buttons and badges
Start planning for “the day”.

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