Monday, November 30, 2015

Web Biography Assignment

From "Coming Home a Different Person" Washington Post
Your online biography should be a feature story about an interesting individual. You will report your story using headlines, videos, photos, cutlines and any other online multimedia platforms you choose.  Be sure and choose a subject whose biography would lend itself to interpretation through online journalism.
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 caption about what is being seen. Take photos needed to tell your story upload them and give them appropriate cutlines (minimum of four-no maximum). You must supply an online timeline of significant events in this person's life using one of the multimedia tools previously used in class. These are the minimum requirements of the assignment but given all the tools available to you it would make sense to go beyond the minimum requirements in fulfilling your assignment.

 Final deadline for this project is Friday, December 11th at 8 pm.

Here are some examples of biography related projects. The first two are by professional journalists and the last one was done in a former class.
Coming Home a Different Person
A New Dawn
I Wouldn't Have Nothin' If I Didn't Have You

Monday, November 23, 2015

Web Biography Proposal

This is a photo of Earl DiLulio in his golf workshop.
He was the subject of a web biography in a former class.
Your online biography should focus on an individual that has overcome some adversity, been very successful in some venue or just has an interesting life you would like to document. (As much as you love them your mom, dad, brother, significant other is not an option for this assignment.) You will report your story using headlines, videos, photos, cutlines and any other online multimedia platforms you choose.  Be sure and choose a subject whose biography would lend itself to interpretation through online journalism. You will also be required to create a timeline of this person's life using one of the multi-media platforms we have used in class. 

The proposal for the web biography is due Monday, Nov. 30th at  5 pm. The final project will be due on Friday, Dec. 11 at 8 pm. The online biography proposal will be worth 25 points and must be presented on Monday night.

Below you will find links to three web biographies done for previous classes.

Michelle Russ dances her way to the Pacific

Earl DiLulio and his battle against cancer

D'Rae Wise: Every moment matters

Monday, November 16, 2015

Embedded Video

Information Tagged Video Assignment

Your information tagged video assignment should use videos, photos, cutlines, hyperlinks and maps to tell a story about an 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 video bed of the event lasting between three  to five minutes. Then you will import that into your Thinglink account as your presentation platform.
    At least one of the videos used in your video bed 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 caption for the video.  Once you have your video bed constructed and uploaded to YouTube you can link it to your Thinglink account and start adding tags. For this assignment I want a minimum of six photo tags, six informational tags (hyperlinks to Wikipedia pages, Twitter entries, Facebook posts, websites, etc.) and at least one mapping tag. Do not tag any additional videos. All photo and videos must be shot by you for this assignment.
When you are done with your video save it and then play it. Hit the share button on the top right and copy the embed code and use it to embed the video on your blog. Write a headline for the story with a brief explanation of the story the information tagged video is telling.  Be sure and put links up on Facebook and on Twitter with the hashtag  #nmjatsru.

Some troubleshooting hints:
  • It works best if you add tags as the video is playing rather than trying to fast-forward to certain spots in the video.
  • Plan the placement of your tags in advance. You can't go in and move them on the video's timeline.
  • Give the tag a name and then save it. You can then reopen the tag and there should be a popup button so you can upload photos. Linking to photos doesn't seem to work in this application. Be sure and downsize your photos for the web and for this application make them vertical in orientation.
The deadline for this project is Wednesday, November 25th at 5 pm. 

The class on Monday, November 23rd will be a lab session for me to give you help and advice on your project. Please have as much material as you can available so I can give you feedback on your project.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Information Tagged Video

For our next assignment we will be producing a story by embedding supporting information on  a video bed of three to five minutes using the online platform Thinglink. For this assignment I want you to first come up with a story proposal for a news story that will provide an opportunity to shoot video on which you can embed links, photos, maps and additional information. 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 an information tagged video. Please address why your proposed idea is newsworthy and list some of the sources you plan to contact. An appropriate length for this proposal would be 150-250 words. You will be expected to defend this proposal to the class on Monday,November 16th.  You will not be allowed to proceed with this story until you have your story proposal approved. Keep in mind the deadline for this project is Wednesday, November 25th at 5 pm when considering possible stories for this assignment. The proposal for this assignment will be worth 15 points.
Below is an information tagged video created with Thinglink that will give you an idea of the possibilities. In this video Chevis Brimmer, grandson of Fats Domino, performs "Walkin' to New Orleans" at My Lil' Darlin': An HBO Treme All-Star Revue at Tipitina's on Saturday night, January 12, 2013, in New Orleans.

Monday, November 2, 2015

3 Hour News Challenge

Your Three 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 three 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 embedded map or a hot spot photo) 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 three 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 three hour deadline. You must complete the assignment between Tuesday, November 3rd at 9 am and Monday November 9th at 5 pm.

Here are three links to completed assignments from previous classes.
Slippery Rock Election Poses Large Divide Between Residents
Dio  de los Meuerto
I Wanna Rock and Roll All Night

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Links to class blogs-Fall 2015

I would suggest you keep track of what everyone else in the class is doing. I have supplied links to the blogs of everyone in the class so you can find them easily.