Class IV, Thursday, Sept. 21, 2000, 1:30 p.m.
Discussion:: Turn in your website reviews. The basics of reporting and writing using the web. Briefly review readings and research assignments. from previous week: five articles, media contact person, 10 websites in your category. How to write a knock-out query letter.
Lab: Tracking down legislative information using the Web.
Congressional Record, the so-called Thomas site, named after Thomas Jefferson.
Reading: Chapters from Steven Johnson's "Interface Culture." eCompany's "Shop Bots Can Save You Money." Yahoo! Internet Life's "Lord of the Rings."
Writing: Query letter or proposal for your mid-term assignment (150-200 words).Sample query letters:
-Using political sites and the candidate sites you've already tracked down, as well as the articles you found last week, sketch out your candidate's positions on the various political issues. Be prepared to discuss your candidate in class.
-Continue monitoring your news website.