As a wise man once said:
One of the things that I love about what we cover in this class is that it’s ever-changing. Staying up to date with industry news 1 lets you see how what we’re learning is affecting the world right now, and that’s a big deal.
To that end, each of you will establish a Technology News Practice this semester. It’ll be worth 5 points, and final submission will be on Monday, December 2. Here’s what it’ll look like.
A curated list of industry news sources that you regularly read
For me, this is Twitter, supplemented with Apple News + a few newsletters. Choose what you’d like, but work toward a diverse list of reputable sources.
A way to save things for later
A way to save things for later: The moment you find something interesting and when you have time to read that thing frequently aren’t the same time. Tools like Pocket solve that problem, and Pocket’s tags, in particular, are a great way to turn your reading into a searchable library, too.
We’ll share and follow each other’s work through Tumblr. It’s free and easy to use, and I think it has a great long-term future now that it’s owned by Automattic.
Create a Tumblr during class, and submit your URL 👉 here.
What will you post to your Tumblr?
- You’ll be required to post at least five items a week, each with 1-2 sentences of lightweight commentary.
- The items can be anything you’d like—a formal news article, sure, but also a great Twitter thread, a YouTube video, an AMA, whatever.
- Be sure to take advantage of Tumblr’s ability to embed media as part of your posts!
- Be sure to install the mobile app (and use share sheets), and maybe a browser extension, too.
- Follow your classmates’ blogs!
- To earn full credit, posts must be spread out at least weekly, but ideally close to daily.
Break-outs and Hot Takes
Each week in your break-out section, you’ll take a few minutes to discuss items you’ve read. This should be fun!
Also, in large classes on Monday and Wednesday, I’ll ask a random student for a #hot-take on a tech news story. We’ll see how this goes!
Fame and fortune extra credit
Besides a small opportunity to be announced in break-out sections on Friday, this’ll be the only opportunity to earn extra credit for this class!
As we get into the Topics + Case Studies portion of this class, you’ll have the opportunity to submit quiz questions that related to each Topic and Case Study. Further logistics TBA, but you can earn up to 3 points of extra credit.
We’ll study this guide to writing good quiz questions.
These are a few sources that you might want to check out if you’re stuck as to where to look for good tech news sources. Send me suggestions on Slack, and I’ll update the list periodically.
- The Verge (theverge.com) is my favorite mainstream tech site.
- Techmeme (techmeme.com) features great industry news
- Daring Fireball (https://twitter.com/daringfireball): My favoritest Apple blog
- Stratechery (https://twitter.com/stratechery): If you read one thing about business and tech/design (and you should read at least one), this is it
- Benedict Evans (https://twitter.com/benedictevans): Great product-oriented VC
- M.G. Siegler (https://twitter.com/mgsiegler): Great tech writer + investor
- John Siracusa (https://twitter.com/siracusa): Tech critic + podcaster. One of my favorites, and not just because he’s named John
- Kottke (https://twitter.com/kottke): Web culture 101
- Sidebar (https://sidebar.io): a great daily set of five design-related links (email newsletter)
- Amy Webb (https://twitter.com/amywebb): Tech-based futurist
- Luke Wroblewski (https://twitter.com/lukew): Pretty darn talented designer
- Marco Arment (https://twitter.com/marcoarment): Designer and developer of Overcast podcast app
- The Apple News app surfaces pretty good tech stories if you train it to do so
And news you care about, too—this should be your practice for all topics important to you, not just tech↩