Week 9

In Class:
-Live Blogging
-Thursday is a work day. Bring your audio to edit for Post 8 or work on CodeAcademy
-Mid-semester grades and course evaluation

Assignments:
-Post 8: Audio with Photo due Sunday Nov. 2 by 10 p.m.

Resources for Post 8:
-Step-by-Step Audio: From your device to your WordPress.com blog
-Audio Reporting
-Audio Editing with Audacity

Upcoming Assignments:
-Codeacademy.com’s “Build a Website” tutorial due by Nov. 9
-Post 9: Free Choice due by Nov. 9

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Intro to Live Blogging

Live blogging is “a blog or a single post on a blog that contains real-time updates that are posted during and in response to a particular event. On a live blog, the blogger posts brief updates that contain observations or opinions that give readers a feel for the atmosphere or response to an event.”

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Week 8

In Class:
-Bring audio recorder and headphones to class for in class exercise
-Step-by-Step Audio: From your device to your WordPress.com blog
-Audio Reporting
-Audio Editing with Audacity

-Extra-credit quiz on Thurs., Oct. 23 will cover:

Assignments:
-Post 6: Photo Gallery or Post 7: Free Post due Oct. 26 (which ever one you didn’t do last week)

Upcoming Assignments:
-Post 8: Audio with Photo due Nov. 2
-Codeacademy.com’s “Build a Website” tutorial due by Nov. 9

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Post 8: Audio and Photo due Nov. 2

Post 8: Audio and Photo due Sunday, Nov. 2 at 10 p.m. (Worth 50 points)

Use these step-by-step instructions for getting your audio file off of your device, edited with Audacity, posted to Soundcloud, and embedded on your blog.

Find a relevant and compelling person with something to say about your topic. Have a backup plan.

Prepare and research your questions. Do an in-person interview with your audio recorder/cellphone. Note: Speakerphone conversations will not yield quality audio.

Photograph your subject. Make sure your photo is clear, in focus, and that we can see the person’s face.

Edit your audio interview to a maximum of 2 minutes. It is OK if your questions are heard, but it is probably best to only hear subject because that way they get more time and focus.

Write up a short introduction to your post. Who is the person? Why is she/he someone we should hear from? What does she/he have to say? Tease your audio. Your text should motivate your reader to listen to the audio. Include hyperlinks in text for more information.

Post your text introduction, a photo of the subject, and your edited audio interview in a single blog post. Write a compelling headline that includes your subject’s name and uses descriptive key-words.

Check out this example from a former student: DIVE IN AND LISTEN TO TAMMY DECKER, DESCRIBE AQUA SPIN CLASSES AT THE COUNTY POOL IN CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE, NEW JERSEY

Grading Criteria (50 points):

  • Descriptive headline that uses key words and includes the person’s name so it can be found in a search. Also five key word tags, including person’s name. (2 points)
  • Introductory text. Who is the person? Why is she/he someone we should hear from? What does she/he have to say? Tease your audio. Your text should motivate your reader to listen to the audio. Include hyperlinks in text for more information. (5 points)
  • A photo of your subject (preferably one you take yourself) and credit that identifies the source of the photo. (3 points)
  • Original reporting and effort in tracking down a compelling subject to interview. (10 points)
  • Content of edited audio. Is it compelling, relevant, worth hearing, sharing? (10 points)
  • Quality of the recording. Is it clear and audible? (10 points)
  • Quality of the editing. Maximum time: 2 minutes. Is the editing clean, allowing pauses between soundbites, with beginning middle and end? (10 points)
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Switching Post 6 and 7

Several people have contacted me regarding issues with this week’s photo post.

Here is an option: If you would like to switch next week’s Post 7: Free Post with this week’s photo post, that is fine. If you choose to do this, make sure you have a free post up by 10 pm this Sunday. Then Post 6: Photo Gallery would be due next Sunday, Oct. 26.

Just make sure you have one or the other up this week.

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What Makes a Good Post – Your List

Humor, personable
Good headline/photo to draw you in
Ethics. No bias. Credible.
Clean design
Variety – serious, fun, different kinds of tone and content
Multimedia
Good content
Good quotes
Backup facts with compelling examples/context
Good headlines, photos and first line lead that draws you in
First sentence is a teaser for the rest of the post
Simple language/avoid jargon
Clever and informative photo captions
Has to hold attention after third paragraph
Honest/truth, not just opinion
Not so wordy, long and overly dramatic
Consistency
Don’t try to do too much. Focus.

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Week 7

In Class:
-Discuss Naked City (news blog of the week) – Find one post you think is particularly well done.
-Comment on other blogs
-In class photo editing and caption exercise
-Audio Reporting
-Audio Editing with Audacity
-Bring audio recorder and headphones to class for in class exercise

Assignments:
-Read JournalismNext Chapter 1 – p. 26-39
-Read JournalismNext Chapter 6 – “Visual storytelling with photographs”
-Read JournalismNext Chapter 7 – “Making audio journalism visible”
-Post 6: Photo Gallery due by Oct. 19 at 10 p.m.

Upcoming Assignments:
-Extra-credit quiz on Thurs., Oct. 23 will cover:

-Post 7: Free Post due Oct. 26
-Codeacademy.com’s “Build a Website” tutorial due by Nov. 9 at 10 p.m.

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