Final Week

In Class:
—Extra Credit Quiz 2 (10 Points)
Assignments and Points: What’s done and what’s left
Post 12: Final Project feedback and help
Post 13: Farewell Post overview
What to do with your blog at the end of the semester
Where do we go from here? The future of online journalism and you.

Assignments:
Final Projects due Monday, May 9 at 10 p.m
Farewell Post due Monday, May 9 at 10 p.m. (this is your LAST post)

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Assignments and Points: What’s Done and What’s Left

What’s Done – 495 points
Posts 1-11, Blog Presentations, and Extra Credit Quiz 1

What’s Left – 475 points
Extra Credit Quiz 2 (+10 points) — In class 5/2
Post 12: Final Project (200 points) – Due 5/9  at 10 p.m.
Post 13: Farewell Post (25 points) – Due 5/9  at 10 p.m.
Overall Blog Assessment (100 points)
Attendance/Participation (140 points)

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Week 12

In Class:
—Blog presentations will take place on Monday. Names will be drawn at random, so be prepared to speak. Here’s what I’m looking for from your presentations.
—You will have in-class time after presentations to work on your video assignment, so I suggest you come to class with footage to edit.

Assignments:
Free Post due Sunday, April 24 at 10 p.m.
Video Post due Wednesday, April 27 at 10 p.m.
Blog Presentations in class on Monday, April 25
Final Projects due Friday, May 6 at 5 p.m
Farewell Post due Friday, May 6 at 5 p.m.

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Week 10

In Class:
–Bring camera, video recording device, connection cords and headphones to class
—So, what makes web video unique and powerful?
—Here are some tips on shooting quality web video
—And here are some specific tips for shooting video on your smartphone
In class video exercise

Assignments:
—Post 8: Profile of another beat blogger, due Sunday Apr. 10 at 10 p.m. (50 points)
—Post 9: Audio Interview with Photo, Wed. Apr. 13 at 10 p.m. (60 points)

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Week 8

In Class:
–Bring camera, audio recording device, connection cords and headphones to class
—Listen to this great segment from This American Life
Audio Reporting
Audio Editing with Audacity
Step-By-By Guide: Getting audio from recorder to your WordPress Blog
In-Class Audio Exercise

***FIRST EXTRA CREDIT QUIZ TODAY

Assignments:
Post 7 Photo Gallery due Wednesday, March 30 at 10 p.m.
—Post 8: Profile of another beat blogger, due Sunday Apr. 10 at 10 p.m. (50 points)
—Post 9: Audio Interview with Photo, Sunday Apr. 10 at 10 p.m. (60 points)

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Tips for Your Photo Gallery Post

Here are some things to keep in mind for shooting your gallery photos:

People are (almost) always more interesting than objects. The strength of your photo gallery will come from lots of pictures involving people. If you’re attending a farmer’s market get lots of shots of people buying and selling items. If you’re attending an art exhibit get lots of shots of people admiring the art. If you’re attending a sporting event, get lots of photos of not just the athletes but the people in the stands reacting to what’s taking place. Yes, objects are sometimes interesting and important as well, but people are where we get emotions and actions.

Don’t be shy. I know it might feel uncomfortable at times, but good photos don’t come from standing against a wall with the rest of the crowd. Get in there and take photos like a journalist.

Get closer. You’re not going to get interesting shots from 50 yards away. Move in and get close shots of your subjects. Don’t be afraid. You’re a journalist and this is your job.

Write interesting captions. Your captions should provide interesting and important information about what we’re seeing (i.e. people’s full names, a description of what we’re looking at, and some sense of why it’s important/interesting).

Get a lot of variety. If you’re shooting a food festival we don’t need to see three different shots of the same food truck. If you’re shooting a concert we don’t need six different wide shots of the crowd. Move around and make sure that every single photo is somehow different from all the rest.

Bring the scene to life. We weren’t there. You were. Capture people and moments that really give a sense of what this place or event was like. If it was raining, show us a person huddled under an umbrella. If it was cold, show us someone bracing against the chill.

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Week 7

In Class:
—Make sure you have some sort of camera for taking photos (ideally I’d like you to use your smartphones), and that you can get those photos from your device to the computer
Social media and journalism
Incorporating Photography into your Reporting
Tips for Better Smartphone Photography
In Class Photo Assignment
—Tips for your photo gallery post

Assignments:
—Post 6: Free Post due Sunday, March 27th at 10 p.m.
Post 7
 Photo Gallery due Wednesday, March 30 at 10 p.m.

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