|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 caption 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). 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.
Blog post containing proposals for web biographies will be due by Monday, April 28th at 5 pm. Be prepared to present your raw materials on Monday, May 5th so we can discuss your progress during our lab session. Final deadline for this project is Friday, May 9th 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 a former class.
Coming Home a Different Person
A New Dawn
I Wouldn't Have Nothin' If I Didn't Have You