|From "Coming Home a Different Person" Washington Post|
You will write a fairly brief (500-1000 words) text biography of your subject remembering to incorporate some of the writing techniques we have discussed relating to online writing. The use of multimedia techniques should enhance what you have written but not be in a in lieu of your written biography.
The videos should be between 30-90 seconds in length. At least one of the videos should be a direct quote from the subject of the biography. At least one of the videos should be a direct quote from one of your sources about the subject of the biography. Upload the videos (minimum of four-no maximum) to your YouTube account and on each video include at least one text description about what is being seen. Take photos needed to tell your story, upload them to Picasa and give them appropriate cutlines (minimum of four-no maximum). These are the minimum requirements of the assignment but given that this is a biography, the presentation of some kind of timeline using multimedia platforms seems appropriate. How you accomplish this is up to you.
You will need to write a proposal for your online biography and add it as a post on your blog. Be prepared to defend your proposal Monday, April 29 at 5 pm.
Be prepared to present your raw materials on Monday, May 6th so we can discuss your progress during our lab session. Final deadline for this project is Friday, May 17 at 6 pm.
Here are some examples of biography related projects. The first two are by professional journalists and the last one was done in this class last year.
Coming Home a Different Person
A New Dawn
Running for a Reason