Week 14

In-class: Presentations

For full credit, please be in attendance for both presentations sessions this week so that we can ensure everyone has an audience to watch them present their blogs.

Assignments:

This Sunday, May 1, the video post is due. The two remaining posts, the Final Project and Farewell Post, are due by the end of the final exam period.

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Week 13

In class:

–Bring camera, video recording device, connection cords and headphones to class

In class video exercise

—Here are some tips on shooting quality web video

—And here are some specific tips for shooting video on your smartphone

Assignment due on May 1: 

Video Post – 80 points

Other upcoming blog assignments (due by the end of final exam period): 

Final Project – 200 points

Farewell Post – 30 points

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Week 12

In Class:

-Extra-credit quiz
–Bring camera, video recording device, connection cords and headphones to class
—So, what makes web video unique and powerful?
—Here are some tips on shooting quality web video
—And here are some specific tips for shooting video on your smartphone
In class video exercise

Assignments due on April 17:

Post 9: Audio Interview with Photo – 60 pts.

Post 10: Free Post – 25 pts.

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Week 11

In class:

  • Discuss Audio Journalism
  • Present in-class audio assignments from last week
  • Listen to standout examples from Hall of Fame and professional world

Upcoming Assignments due on April 17:

Post 9: Audio Interview with Photo – 60 pts.

Post 10: Free Post – 25 pts.

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Week 10

In Class:

-Work on posts 6-8
–Bring camera, audio recording device, connection cords and headphones to class
—Listen to this great segment from This American Life
Audio Reporting
Audio Editing with Audacity
Step-By-By Guide: Getting audio from recorder to your WordPress Blog
In-Class Audio Exercise

Due on Sun. at 10 p.m.

Post 6: Free Post

Post 7 Photo Gallery 

Post 8: Profile of Another Blogger

On deck: Post 9: Audio Interview with Photo

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Upcoming assignments

As discussed in class on Tuesday, here’s a rundown of upcoming assignments that are all due by Sun., April 3 at 10 pm.

Post 6: Free Post (Makeup for having no assignments due over Spring Break last week. We’ll have some time allotted to work on these in class).

Post 7 Photo Gallery 

Post 8: Profile of Another Blogger

Keep in mind that your coordination of these assignments is very important. It’s highly recommended that you reach out to interview subjects this week and have backup story ideas in mind in case any of your plans fall through. This work will probably give you all a good feel for the day-to-day life of a working journalist where you’re always having to juggle multiple assignments.

Tips for Your Photo Gallery Post

Here are some things to keep in mind for shooting your gallery photos:

People are (almost) always more interesting than objects. The strength of your photo gallery will come from lots of pictures involving people. If you’re attending a farmer’s market get lots of shots of people buying and selling items. If you’re attending an art exhibit get lots of shots of people admiring the art. If you’re attending a sporting event, get lots of photos of not just the athletes but the people in the stands reacting to what’s taking place. Yes, objects are sometimes interesting and important as well, but people are where we get emotions and actions.

Don’t be shy. I know it might feel uncomfortable at times, but good photos don’t come from standing against a wall with the rest of the crowd. Get in there and take photos like a journalist.

Get closer. You’re not going to get interesting shots from 50 yards away. Move in and get close shots of your subjects. Don’t be afraid. You’re a journalist and this is your job.

Write interesting captions. Your captions should provide interesting and important information about what we’re seeing (i.e. people’s full names, a description of what we’re looking at, and some sense of why it’s important/interesting).

Get a lot of variety. If you’re shooting a food festival we don’t need to see three different shots of the same food truck. If you’re shooting a concert we don’t need six different wide shots of the crowd. Move around and make sure that every single photo is somehow different from all the rest.

Bring the scene to life. We weren’t there. You were. Capture people and moments that really give a sense of what this place or event was like. If it was raining, show us a person huddled under an umbrella. If it was cold, show us someone bracing against the chill.

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Week 9

In class:

-We’ll discuss how your Q&A’s went.

Here’s a Q&A I wrote over the break for The Guardian, so I can relate to your experience a lot.

Social media and journalism

Incorporating Photography into your Reporting

Tips for Better Smartphone Photography

Next assignment:

Photo Gallery 

(We’ll discuss the assignment in class, but it’s not going to be due this week until April 3. The same day you must also have posted your Profile of Another Blogger, which we’ll also discuss this week.)

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