Class V, Thursday, Sept. 28, 2000, 1:30 p.m.
Discussion:: Turn in and go over your query letter. Last week's reading. How did the word processor change the way Johnson writes? What are some ways language can be manipulated when it's computerized? Last week's research: What did you find out about your political candidate and how did you find it out? The art of preparing for and conducting the interview.
Finding different press sources.
Making sense of campaign finance numbers. Analyzing two political races: Slade Gorton vs. Maria Cantwell and
James Rogan vs. Adam Schiff.
Reading: More examples of best-of-the-web stories: buying cars online, shopping online and traveling online. Read chapters 4, 5 and 6 from "And That's the Way it Will Be: News and Information in a Digital World," by Christopher Harper.
Writing: Come up with a brief paragraph describing each of at least 10 websites in your category. Email assignment and be hand in a hard copy next week.
-Prepare a list of questions and spend the whole week trying to get an interview with a local, state or national representative of your candiate. Interview them, asking about the various websites and web strategies the candidate has, taking copious notes of the discussion.
Visit the suggested websites. If you like you may also ask the representative about candidates' political views.
-Continue monitoring your news website.