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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Online syllabus for New Media Journalism

The term “new-media” implies something that is constantly changing and evolving and that is certainly true for this class. This semester we are going to conduct an experiment in “backpack journalism” or what some would call “mobile” journalism. The focus will be on reporting, observing and recording stories that are disseminated through the use of “new-media” techniques. Backpack journalism means that your tools will be only a small digital video camera, hopefully a laptop, and your brains. The emphasis will be on breaking news, on-the-scene reports and the use of social media and blogs to tell the story. 


Online Reading assignments will be given weekly on the blog. You are expected to follow the blog and be ready to discuss assigned readings.

Here are your reading assignments for Monday, August 25th. Please be ready to discuss all these articles.

After reading the articles please post a comment at the bottom of THIS blog about one of the articles you read. Please do this before Monday night's class.
If you absolutely must have a hard copy of the syllabus--click here.

Course Assignments and Requirements:
 (More detailed descriptions will be posted online as the class progresses. While there is no book in this class you will need to purchase an SDHC digital memory card. I suggest getting one with the capacity of 16 or 32 gigabytes,)

BLOG PAGE/FACEBOOK/TWITTER/YOUTUBE: Social media is becoming an ever increasing outlet for media organizations. As part of the class you will be required to establish a blog page, Facebook account, Twitter account, YouTube account and photo storage account. Part of your job is to market the work done in the class by the use of social media.
          25 points

ONLINE SOURCES/LINKING EXERCISE:  Linking to external sources can be a wonderful resource for a journalist but it also has its hazards. This exercise requires the students to think about the proper way of using links to tell their story.
          25 points

 PHOTO BLOG ENTRY & VIDEO BLOG ENTRY: Students must take digital photos and videos and upload the content to the web and their blog.
          50 points each

 PHOTO SLIDESHOW: Each student will take digital photos of a breaking or ongoing news event and combine them into a slideshow with a voice-over.
          100 points

TIMELINE: Each student will create a timeline of an event or a person’s life with the online application Dipity.
 100 points

VIDEO REMIX: Each student will use a digital camera to take videos of a breaking or ongoing news event. They will edit these videos together to create a video bed that they will then embed in Mozilla’s Kettle Corn to add text, pop-up boxes, photos, maps and lower thirds to add additional information.
 125 points

3 HOUR JOURNALISM CHALLENGE: Each student will have three hours to find, shoot and produce a story with video, photos and text. The student must have the completed story up on their blog and then market the story through Facebook, Twitter, etc. within a three hour period.
 125 points

MAPPING/TIMELINE: Each student will use a digital camera to take videos and photos of a news event that lends itself to documentation through mapping and timeline documentation. They will use Meograph to document the timeline of the event, map its various locations and add video, photos and voiceover for context.
 150 points

WEB BIOGRAPHY: Each student must create a multimedia biography of an interesting individual. The biography must contain video and photographs, hyperlinks and text of between 1250 to 1500 words. You may also use any of the other multimedia tools we have used previously in class.
 250 points

EXTRA CREDIT: For every “breaking news” photo, video or story posted on your blog outside of the established assignments you will receive 10 points if I deem the post worthy of bonus points—all decisions are final.

Week#/Reading & Writing assignments
(Online Reading assignments will be given weekly on the blog. You are expected to follow the blog and be ready to discuss assigned readings. This schedule may be adjusted at the instructor’s will.)

Week 1/Aug. 25-Intro. to Course/Future of Journalism


Week 2/Sept. 8-Use of Online Sources/Linking

Week 3/ Sept.15-Multimedia and User-Generated Content

Week 4/ Sept.22- Photo/Audio Slideshow Demo

Week 5/ Sept.29-Work on Photo/Audio Slideshow

Week 6/Oct. 6-Work on Timeline


Week 7/ Oct. 20-Video Remix Demo

Week 8/Oct. 27-Work on Video Remix

Week 9/Nov. 3-Legal & Ethical Issues

Week 10/Nov. 10-4 Hour Journalism Challenge

Week 11/Nov. 17-Mapping/Timeline Demo and Proposals

Week 12/Nov. 24-Work on Mapping/Timeline

Week 13/Dec. 1- Web Biography proposals

Week 14/Dec. 8- Work on Web Biographies

Finals Week-Final BLOG entries due

FINAL- Fri. Dec. 12 6:00 – 8:00