Mobile Journalism: class blog


Building a mobile site with jqtouch

This week we’re going to use a wonderful Javascript framework that has the ability to transform very simple HTML markup into a fantastic mobile experience for an end user.

We’re going to turn this into this with just a few pieces of code and some smart workflows.

We’ll do it using the JQuery Javascript Framework and the Jqtouch plugin.

There’s a very minimal “getting started” guide for JQuery, but a lot of the learning is going to happen by looking at source code.

We can do this!


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Lecture Links 11-11-09

Mobile Journalism tools in public hands: a debate
We listened to this discussion, between journalist Paul Carr and journalism-thinker Jeff Jarvis.

Today we heard from guests at BlockChalk and Wikitude.

Questions of Location
Geocoded photos: too far?
A Flickr search for Chicago photos shot by an iPhone 3G
GPS Lat & Long converter

Google Latitude: too soon?
Google Latitude

Google Latitude updates

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Mapping links for today

Today we’ll be doing both mobile reporting and building a database-driven map. We’ll use a few different tools to pull this off. I have linked to all of them, though for this assignment, the heavy lifting of hooking bits and pieces up is done already. This is entirely something you could do yourself for other projects.

These two are the bare minimum to get started (obviously, to do this on your own you’ll need a Google Docs account as well, but we’ll all share a spreadsheet):
Creating a custom map from a Google Spreadsheet
Get lat & long coordinates for addresses.

Then you’ll need a few different things to embed various content into the map: to collect all the mobile reports, and to embed audio
Photobucket: Free image hosting & editing–to resizing and hosting images
YouTube: For hosting and embedding video.

The site that we’ll all share for today’s map is:
The Google Spreadsheet we’ll be working with is here (but you’ve all been invited as editors)
You can see the actual map as it progresses at:

In addition to our work on the map in class today, continue to add to the data points. You are responsible for reporting and listing 15 additional points by next Wednesday. We should have a *huge* map by then. Go for diversity of location, people, media, and opinions.

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lecture links 10-28-09

Google Latitude plays with geolocation

How GPS works

Google Maps

Very good help for My Maps

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lecture links 9-30-09

Public Radio Player explained:


Paper Prototyping Examples:

A basic paper prototype:

An iPhone-specific prototype:

OK, really, this is JUST PLAIN AWESOME:

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Lecture Links 9-9-09


We’ll be joined briefly today by Kelly Niknejad, the founder of Tehran Bureau, one of the best news sites during the post-election protests in Iran. Here’s a story from the National Public Radio about her.

Chants from the rooftops captured on cell video
The Wall Street Journal on #CNNfail
Andrew Sullivan’s collection of Tweets from Iran

Iran’s Cell Phone Shopping Mall:

A Brief History of the Mobile Web
Apple introduces the iPhone
Smartphone sales to beat PC sales by 2011
iPhone users pick mobile web over newspapers
Mobile marketshare chart

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class documents

other mobile news