Everything you wanted to know about your final

The template | More specific instructions

The requirements

  • 800+ words worth of story (whether in one piece or many)
  • 2:00 Audio Slideshow (minimal narration, with humans & captions)
  • Minimum one web element (offering 2-min experience)
  • You must quote at least THREE humans
  • On the template base (break it, but keep the main parts in check)
  • DUE Date: 7 pm December 8. I will take the html that is uploaded to your account then. Please post the link on the blog. Do NOT make changes past 7 p.m without notifying me.

#Protips

  • Spell check. (Grammar.ly and Hemingway may help you)
  • Save profusely.
  • Back up.
  • Do NOT make multiple versions of your pages. The best workflow is to have a final folder with an images and css folder in it. Your final html should be index.html within it. 
  • Please use sentence case on your headlines.
  • On your audio slideshows: Please use majority images that *you* took. Use others’ images at a minimum and only as a last resort.

I will give you a new FTP login during our last class period.

Remember I will be on campus ALL DAY (from ~10 am) Dec. 1 to help you.

Week 11 Notes

Wireframing slides

God, y'all probably don't know what music video this is from...
God, y’all probably don’t know what music video this is from…

Wireframing utilities

Assignment

Wireframe your final

Take the elements of your final, and lay the out in a wireframe. Label all the elements (text, headline, images, audio slideshow, web element, etc)

Post a link to your wireframe or the final .jpg/.pdf in the blog.

Deadline: Thursday, Dec 1, noon

Week Eleven Notes

data-vis from Tony and Arjuna

Useful links

Chart-building sites:

Places to get data:

Assignment

Create a data visualization

Find a set of data that is useful within your beat (maybe you can use it on your final?!).

Create a visualization with it, using a charting site linked above Google Fusion Table..

There should be at least 10 data points.

DUE: Thursday, November 17, noon

Week Ten Notes

The slides for this week

 

Free portfolio sites

Portfolio specific

Other sites that can be made into portfolios

My weapons of choice

Domain: Namecheap

Hosting: Dreamhost

WordPress theme: Cudazi Mono

Lots more linked in the slides…..

Assignment

Create a portfolio

Use one of the portfolio sites we went over today or create a WordPress site. If you have a portfolio, make sure it’s updated.

Add the following:

  1. At least four clips
  2. A bio
  3. A resume

DUE: Thursday, November 10, noon

Week Nine Notes

The slides for this week

Please don’t forget…

Take this survey, ASAP.

Useful links

Principles for Fair Use in Journalism

Internet Archive

Assignments

Write a social story

Find a story on your beat, ideally in our neighborhood.

CHOOSE ONE:

Write a Storify or Medium post with embeds using other people posts and resulting interviews.

Write a Storify or Medium post using tweets/social media that *you* post while covering something live or tweeting as you go.

DUE: Thursday, October 27, 9 pm

Final pitches

Write 150-200 words on your final project idea, including who you will talk to, what elements you’l include and why this story is important.

Give me TWO backup ideas.

We’ll critique each other’s pitches in class.

Deadline: Thursday Nov 3, noon

Week Eight Notes

Slides for this week

Some useful links on verification:

First Draft – A coalition of news orgs that focus on verification and eyewitness news. Lots of how-tos here.

Verification Junkie – A directory of tools and articles from Josh Stearns.

Assignments

Write a social story

Find a story on your beat, ideally in our neighborhood.

CHOOSE ONE:

Write a Storify or Medium post with embeds using other people posts and resulting interviews.

Write a Storify or Medium post using tweets/social media that *you* post while covering something live or tweeting as you go.

DUE: Thursday, October 27, 9 pm

Extra Credit!

Make a distribution plan

Take your midterm and create a distribution plan.

Give me 3-4 places you’d place your story and how you’d present it there.

Tweet/post/create examples.

Deadline: Thursday, Oct. 20 noon

Don’t forget to sign up for a midterm checkin!

About your midterm

What you need

600 to 800 word story with THREE sources, at least two human, preferably three.

One “in-their-own-words” audio slideshow (two minutes long, minimal narration and must have captions)

Both must relate to your beat and located within our section of the map.

The template

Make sure you click on the link and then right-click and either save as a .html file or View source and copy-paste the code into Sublime.

How to embed a Soundslides

Upload the folder to your server space via FTP.

Take the resulting link and put it in at this link.

Use the embed code on your template.

The deadline

Thursday, October 13 by classtime

How do you turn it in?

Post the link as a post on the blog

What about our presentations?

You’ll each have five-to-ten minutes to tell us about your story and answer the following questions:

  1. What you learned or what was surprising in putting together your midterm
  2. What challenges you faced and how you took them on

Week Seven Notes

Maya’s video slides here

Week Seven Notes

I’ll post details on the midterm in another post.

Good links

Linkedin for Journalists (the group to get you free Premium)

The NYTimes nail salon piece that shows the power of translation

Banjo (Free accounts are delayed by 15 min)

Assignments

Sign up for a midterm checkin

Use this thing to sign up for a time. I can meet you at Annenberg during that time.

Write a social story

Find a story on your beat, ideally in our neighborhood.

CHOOSE ONE:

Write a Storify or Medium post with embeds using other people posts and resulting interviews.

Write a Storify or Medium post using tweets/social media that *you* post while covering something live or tweeting as you go.

DUE: Thursday, October 27, 9 pm

Week Six Notes

This week’s slides here

Remember!

The story always comes before the technology.

Two good places to get tools

My Tumblr of tools 

Professor Hernandez’s set of tools

Your assignments

Write a tip-sheet

Choose one of the web tools listed.

No one can pick the same tools, so post on the week’s notes blog which one you’re going to do.

Tell your classmates how to do use the tool, with screenshots, and add a few FAQs.

Deadline: Thursday, October 6, noon

Prepare to give a lightning talk

Prep at MOST seven slides showing your classmates the tool

Everyone will get 5 minutes to show their tool in class

Extra Credit

Find your classmate’s digital footprint

Use Google, YouTube, Twitter, Flickr and more to find the digital footprint of your classmate. Write a minimum 200-word post on your findings. Post your piece on our class site as a post.

Post your piece onto our class site.