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Monday, December 1, 2014

Outstanding Meographs from the Slippery Rock University New-Media Journalism class


Web Biography Assignment

From "Coming Home a Different Person" Washington Post
Your online biography should use videos, photos and text to tell 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.

Be prepared to present your raw materials on Monday, December 8th so we can discuss your progress during our lab session.  Final deadline for this project is Friday, December 12th 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 24, 2014

Online 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, Dec. 1 at  5 pm. The final project will be due on Friday, Dec. 12 at 8 pm.

Below you will find links to two 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 17, 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, November 26th at 5 pm. 
The class on Monday, November 24th will be a lab session for me to give you help and advice on your project. Please have a rough draft of your project ready for us to take a look at so that we can give you advice and help.

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

Monday, November 10, 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. 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 200-400 words. You will be expected to defend this proposal to the class on Monday,November 17th.  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 26th at 5 pm when considering possible stories for this assignment.

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 a finalist for Outstanding Multimedia. JFK: Remembering the President 50 Years Later. 

Monday, November 3, 2014

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 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 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 4th at 9 am and Monday November 10th 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

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Legal and Ethical Issues for Online Journalists

Here are some 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