Final Project—Fall 2011

Must be posted by 4:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 14
Worth 200 points – No late work accepted.

Create a final project – a substantial feature story – for your blog. It should demonstrate what you have learned over the course of the semester and be the culmination of your blog coverage to date. Your primary goal is to tell a compelling, interactive story. You will write a text article formatted for the web and create an accompanying multimedia feature.

Your article and your multimedia should complement each other, but each should also be able to stand alone on its own. For example, if someone only reads your article or only views your multimedia she should still able to understand the story.

Use the text for the story basics, information, and links to additional resources. Use your multimedia feature to add vivid color to your story.

Your feature will be assessed on the following:
•    story content
•    original reporting (interviews, events attended, information gathered)
•    quality of the presentation
•    effort
•    completion of each required presentation elements (see below)

Your final project must contain:

1. A 500-word article formatted for the web (100 points)
•    clear, descriptive headline using key-words (5 pts)
•    strong lead (15 pts)
•    organized story structure (15 pts)
•    2 sources (full names) quoted saying something relevant and interesting (20 pts)
•    appropriate hyperlinks to more information (10 pts)
•    short paragraphs or subheads to break up large sections of text (5 pts)
•    5 key word tags (5 pts)
•    compelling story topic (25 pts)
-2 points for each typo, grammar, spelling, or punctuation error

2. Multimedia component (100 points)
Options:
•    photos and audio clip (3+ photos and max 2 min audio clip)
•    audio slide show (18 photos and 1:30 audio)
•    video (max 2 min)
•    live blog an event
•    interactive map
•    interactive timeline

Multimedia will be graded on the following:
•    quality of media gathered (25 pts)
•    editing and presentation (25 pts)
•    effort in original reporting (25 pts)
•    story content (25 pts)

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About Nick DiUlio

My name is Nick DiUlio, a freelance writer and editor from New Jersey. I have been passionate about the craft of writing since I was old enough to spell, and this love has led to a successful career in journalism and creative nonfiction. As a freelancer, I have covered a wide range of topics and personalities, as my published work has focused on everything from profiles of artists and important political figures to hard-news stories with both national and local appeal; from restaurant and beverage reviews to tips on fashion and finance; from health and wellness pieces to celebrity Q&A’s. My work has appeared in several local, regional and national publications—both in print and online—including Philadelphia Magazine, Slate.com, Miller-McCune, New Jersey Monthly, Eating Well, and Delaware Today. Additionally, I am the South Jersey Bureau Chief for New Jersey Monthly and an adjunct journalism professor at Rowan University. To be sure, the broadness of my body of work seems only to be matched by my boundless interest in almost every subject imaginable (except Warren Zevon). Check out some of my most recently published work here.
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