(M) – Monday – Reading/Watching/Viewing with a (M) should be done for Monday
(F) – Friday
Introduction to course
What is journalism?
(M) What is online journalism/new media?
Handout – New Media Tips from Jacob Riis
Read Robert Hernandez, Online journalism and journalism online
Blogging – Blog design and purpose for journalism
(W)Andrew Sullivan – “Why I blog”
Choose blog topics and start brainstorming about content/design
(F) What’s a good journalistic blog post?
(M) Choosing blog topics and brainstorming story ideas
(M) Briggs, 42-52
Continue with blog design
Have a completed “about” page with a short bio and photograph of each team member.
(F) 5-minute presentation of your blog:
What is the topic?
Who is the audience?
Explain your design choices.
(F) Adding elements to your blog (links, images, photos, videos, maps)
(F) Register for News University
week 4 • Feb. 5-11
Elements of a news story
(M) Story elements I
Complete by today – The Lead Lab, Post a small item relevant to your blog topic on your blog (one post for each group member). This could be a summary of something in the news (a “brief) or just a cool relevant site that you found and want to share. Include at least one link and an image (photograph, logo, video).
The inverted pyramid
Elements of a post
(W)Rewrite these two press releases into briefs. Your audience is St. Joseph’s University students. Print these out and bring them to class.
Story Elements II
(F) Blogging • Opportunities and operations
Guest: Tenaya Darlington, aka Madame Fromage • A terrific food blogger
week 5 • Feb. 14-18
(M) Story ideas – Event story
Your event should take place within the next 10 days. You will have to go to the event, do some interviews and write a 750-word story. Get your three story ideas in writing (a sentence each) and be prepared to talk about them.
The story must be related to your blog topics. Your best asset here is google to search for events. Keywords such as “food philadelphia events February” if you are doing something on food.
Here are a couple of examples (these are taken from the City Paper). Other places to look include the St. Joe’s events calendar, Philadelphia Weekly.
• This is part of a program to get people in Philadelphia to read more. The idea is that the entire city read one book and then talk about it:
• Here is a farmer’s market in Northern Liberties
• Here’s a cool event in my neighborhood – a youth Poetry slam
(M) Narrative leads
(M) The Nut Graf
News U – Quotes
(F) Audio journalism
(F) Briggs • 177-205
week 6 • Feb. 21-25
(M) Finish up the Windermere package. Open a You Tube account. Upload video and slideshow to You Tube.
Quotes, narrative leads
(F) Quotes leads and narratives
The prezi on quotes and color is here.
For Monday write a 300-word story on this speech by Bono. You need three quotes (choose wisely), a few bits of detail (what I called “color” in class) and some background on the circumstances of his speech. Remember that “news measures change” so make your lead the part of the speech where he calls for something new. Bring this to class in electronic and paper form. In other words print it out and either e-mail it or bring it on a thumbdrive).
week 7 • Feb. 28 – March 4
(M) Quotes/Color/Narrative leads
We’ll go over your Bono stories together in class, critiquing one another’s work
(M) “Ways of Reading”
Description and observation
Read “Tried By a Deadly Tornado” – Rick Bragg
and “All She Has…” – Rick Bragg
Blog post: Find a recent story that pertains to your topic and write a “curation” blog post about it. “Curating” information is a large part of a blogger’s job. By curating, I mean being the eyes and ears for your readers on the topic you write about. That means finding stories in other publications and passing them on to your readers. You need to summarize the story in your blog post and provide and link to the original story.
• Here is a video on embedding a SoundCloud track into wordpress
It should look like this when you’re done:
(F) Audio Journalism and audio/photo slideshows
Read this – “A Faustian Bargain”
Briggs • Chapter 6 – Visual Storytelling with Photographs (short quiz on that chapter)
(F) Begin thinking of a topic for slideshow piece
Week 8 • Spring Break
Week 9 • March 14-18
(M) Assembling the audio/photo story
Briggs • Chapter 7 – Making audio journalism visible (be prepared for short quiz on the reading)
More work on the audio/video slideshow
Discussion of ideas for your audio/video slideshow
(F) Practice Audio/photo story due (chess tournament)(Finishing touches in class)
Week 10 • March 21-25
(M) Finish up chess tournament
Finding the right story
Slideshow assignment sheet This fills you in on the basics of what you need for the story.
As you start to build your own stories. Don’t forget about this: Reporter’s Guide to Multimedia
(F) The multimedia package
Week 10 • March 28-April 1
(M) Finding a multimedia story
In-class case study: Climate of violence stifles city schools
More on writing
Keep reading Climate of violence stifles city schools
(F) Shooting video
Introduction to the video interview
A good example:
Handout: Video Interview tips
Week 11 • April 4-8
(M) Instruction: Shooting B-roll
Read: Briggs, Chapter 8
Reporter’s Guide to Multimedia Proficiency, pp. 28-31.
Workshop: Slideshow preparation, editing and production
Instruction: shooting b-roll
Homework for Wednesday:
Go here and find a story you like and be prepared to talk about it on Wednesday. Think about story idea, but also about execution of the story.
Workshop: Editing/producing slideshow
(F) Finish slideshow
Week 12 • April 11-15
Week 13 • April 18-22
Multimedia package assignment sheet
multimedia package assignment sheet
Multimedia package workshop.
Week 14 • April 25-29
Multimedia package workshop.
Week 15 • May 2-6
Multimedia story presentation:
(MWF 10 a.m. section) – Friday, May 6, 9 a.m.
(MWF 11 a.m. section) – Tuesday, May 3, 9 a.m.