Blogs increasingly serve as a major source of news information about world happenings ranging across the globe as well as next door. That is the opinion of Andy Thibault, a well-known investigative reporter who will teach a course in Writing for New Media at Northwestern Connecticut Community College at its Winsted campus in January.
The course will explore the background, research tools, writing styles and approaches used by bloggers active in this rapidly evolving news phenomenon that often breaks stories that are later picked up by conventional news outlets, like television and daily newspapers. Writing for this new media, students will learn how they can produce a blog and with friends and colleagues share news feeds, audio, video and photos via personal online journals.
Thibault is an award-winning journalist who currently publishes a blog he describes as covering “cops, courts, general news and the arts.” In a recent interview he said that Writing for New Media will not only appeal to prospective investigative reporters, but also to people who like “music, sports, politics, video games, or any of the various arts.” The interview with Thibault in which he discusses many other topics in addition to his approach to teaching Writing for New Media, can be found on the NCCC website, at www.nwcc.commnet.edu.