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Monday, April 14, 2014

Meograph Mapping/ Timeline Assignment

Your mapping/timeline assignment should use videos, photos, cutlines, hyperlinks and audio narration to tell a story about a recent ongoing or breaking news event. To report your story you will have to gather appropriate videos and photos from the event. Then you will create a timeline and map of the event using Meograph as your presentation platform.
Your videos should be between 20-90 seconds in length. One of the videos should be a direct quote from one of the participants in the event you are recording. Make sure to get the person’s name so you can write an appropriate cutline. Upload the videos (minimum of three-maximum of six) to your YouTube account so that you can add them to your Meograph. Only videos you actually shoot will count as one of your three to six videos.
In the Meograph you need to add "moments" with times, map locations and cutlines. You will also need to add at least three audio narrations to your Meograph. My suggestion is that you only add audio narration to the "moments" that feature photographs, not videos. Once you have finished your Meograph, save it and hit the embed button underneath it. Copy the code and use it to embed the Meograph on your blog. Write a headline for the story with a brief explanation of the story the Meograph is telling. Be sure and put links up on Facebook and on Twitter with the hashtag #meograph as well as #nmjatsru.

Some troubleshooting hints:
  • Meograph only works with the Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox browsers. It does not work with Internet Explorer. It works best on PCs so I would suggest sticking to that platform.
  • The audio narration button is buggy. If it stops working, reload the page. If the browser says you need a newer version of Flash then download it. (You won't be able to update Flash in the labs.) If you can't get the narration button to work, then record your narration with Sound Recorder and upload the audio clip.
  • Create a story timeline BEFORE you start working in Meograph. You can move moments around but it just makes things more complicated.
The deadline for this project is Wednesday, April 23 at 5 pm. 
The class on Monday, April 21 will be mostly a lab session for me to give you help and advice on your project.

Here is a video of how Meograph works in case you miss something in my demonstration.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Meograph Mapping/ Timeline Proposal

For our next assignment we will be producing a story using the four dimensional multimedia tool called Meograph. For this assignment I want you to first come up with a story proposal for an ongoing news story that makes specific use of the timeline and mapping functions of Meograph. For this proposal I want you to create a post on your blog outlining the proposal and explaining how this story could be told using Meograph. You will be expected to defend this proposal to the class on Monday, April 14.  You will not be allowed to proceed with this story until you have your story proposal approved. Below I have linked to several examples of Meographs from KVWM, a television station in San Diego, California.

Here is a link to a Meograph done in this class by Katie Ellis. This Meograph was recognized by the Society of Professional Journalist and named finalist for Outstanding Multimedia. JFK: Remembering the President 50 Years Later. 

4 Hour News Challenge

Your 4 Hour Challenge story should use text, videos, photos, hyperlinks and any other tools we have learned this semester to tell a story about a breaking or current news event.
The goal is to find a breaking or current news story, gather your media and upload the story to your blog within a 4 hour time period.  For this exercise write a brief story (400-800 words) to accompany your photos and videos.  Include at least two videos and two photos and add cutlines for context. You may also use any other tools we have used in class (such as an audio slideshow or a KettleCorn video) to enhance your reporting. 
Since time is an important element of this assignment be sure and include a Dateline with the time and day the story BEGAN. The final story along with the pictures and videos should be up on your blog along with links on Facebook and Twitter within 4 hours of the beginning of the event. For the purpose of this assignment all sporting events are off limits. You will be judged first on the newsworthiness of the event you cover and second on the depth of your coverage and your use of online reporting tools. This is your chance to impress me with your use of the tools we have worked with this semester.
Since there are no new technical elements to this assignment there will be no excuses accepted for not hitting your 4 hour deadline. You must complete the assignment between Tuesday, April 8 at 9 am and Monday April 14 at 5 pm.

Here are three links to completed assignments from previous classes.
Slippery Rock Election Poses Large Divide Between Residents
Uncapping the Truth about Bottled Water
Evolve with Evive
I Wanna Rock and Roll All Night

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Legal and Ethical Issues for Online Journalists

I know you are working hard on your KettleCorn projects but here are three articles I want you to read before the next class. These articles deal with legal and ethical issues related to online journalism and how the 24 news cycle impacts the practice of journalism in general. We have obliquely discussed these issues before but this time I want you to do some thinking and form some opinions so we can have a more informed discussion Monday night. 

Digital Media Ethics
Legal Challenges Facing Online Journalists
How the Entertainment cycle brings out the best and worst in journalism

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Timeline Assignment

A typical Dipity timeline.
   Your next assignment is to create a timeline using the online resource Dipity.   Dipity allows you to create a timeline incorporating photos, videos, text, mapping and various other informational resources. Timelines are an excellent storytelling tool when you are reporting on an event or placing into perspective the evolution of a social or political issue. They are also an excellent tool to document someone’s life history.
   For this assignment you need to find an event that you can cover that takes place over a period of time or find a bigger social issue or political issue relevant to college students that you can document on a timeline (For example: the evolution of women’s rights on college campuses).  You could also document the history of an organization on campus or provide the timeline of someone’s life, perhaps a significant faculty member. Remember they must have relevance to other students on campus--not your boyfriend of mom and dad.
Remember that all videos and photos used in your timeline must be taken by you or your need to get permission to use the material and then give credit to the source.
    The minimum requirement for this assignment is the creation a timeline with at least 10 events. Of course the more photos, videos, mapping and supporting material you have the better your timeline will be. After you have created your timeline you will embed it on your blog with an appropriate headline and an explanatory paragraph.

    On Monday I will demonstrate Dipity to you. I want you to come to class with a proposed subject for this assignment. 
The timeline is due by 5 pm on Monday, March 10th.

FYI-mapping is an essential part of this assignment but Dipity likes longitude and latitude more than an actual address.  I will show you how to get the longitude and latitude for any location using Google maps.

Here are links to some examples of Dipity timelines: Obama's inauguration, How the debt talks spiraled into crisis and a history of flooding in Greater Lewis County (scroll down past the video). Below is a timeline from last semester's class.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Audio Slideshows

Before you settle on a subject for your audio/photo slideshow take a look at these examples. These slideshows feature natural sound and voice-overs provided by the subjects of the slideshow (not from you). Here are some examples you can look at  from a class similar to ours at George Washington University.

One Local Grocery
Libya White House Protest
DC Brau
From the Dugout to the Desk

Here are some examples of slideshows that are national finalists in this year's Associated College Press category for audio slideshows.
Playground Pauley-UCLA Daily Bruin
Dance Works-George Washington University Hatchet
Dedication to the Goal-Michigan State News

Remember to have an event or topic in mind for your slideshow on Monday.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Photo/Audio Slideshow Assignment

You will create a photo/audio slideshow about an ongoing or breaking news event. You will record audio from participants in the event to create the audio background for your slideshow. You might also record some natural sound for your slideshow. You can do this by extracting the audio from your a video or by recording audio separately. You will then import related photographs to create a visual montage that coordinates with the audio.  I will show you how to pull both the audio and the photos into Windows Moviemaker  and create transitions between the photographs. If you wish you can add music to your slideshow. Incomptech is a great royalty free music website. You will also need to create a title card for this audio slideshow and include captions when they are needed. After you have created your audio slideshow you will export it as a movie and then upload it to YouTube. The finished audio slideshow should be between 2 and 3 minutes long. Embed the finished audio slideshow movie on your blog with an appropriate headline and a brief paragraph giving details about the event that was covered.

Here are some suggestions for this project.
  1. Make sure your audio is as clear as possible. I will show you how to use audio off a video to complete this project but you may use a digital audio device, including the audio recorders in the lab or possibly your phone (but check the quality of this audio).
  2. Make sure you have the best photos you can get for the assignment. Be careful about your lighting and make sure you are following the rule of thirds.
  3. Create a narrative with your photos that matchs the audio you have selected. I would suggest  leaving each photo up four to five seconds. You need to create transitions between photos. I would strongly suggest something simple like crossfade. Do not use more than one type of transition for your slideshow.
  4. Add an appropriate title sequence and credit sequence to the slideshow.
  5. Do not use photos that you have not taken or copyrighted music to this slideshow.
I will give you a demonstration of how to create an audio slideshow on Monday, February 24th. Be ready at that time to pitch an idea for what event you would like to cover for this assignment. The deadline for this project is Monday, March 3rd at 5pm. To complete this assignment you must post links to your photo/audio slideshow up on the class Facebook page and on Twitter.

Here are a couple of examples from the last class.