Week 14 – April 24 and 26

In Class:
End-of-the-semester quiz. Will cover anything we’ve discussed in class. Week 1 through Week 13 (Worth 2 points)
No class on Wednesday, April 26. Reporting day. Work with your group on Assignment 4: Issue Story

Assignment:
Assignment 4: Issue Story due Monday, May 1

Note: Schedule for the final weeks of the semester

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Week 13 – April 17 and 19

In Class:
Schedule for the last four weeks of the semester
Issue Story Reporting Plan due Monday, April 17 at the end of class
Explanatory Feature review
Assembling an Issue Story
Posting an Issue Story

Assignment:
End-of-the-semester quiz on Monday, April 24 will cover anything we’ve discussed in class. (Worth 2 participation points)
Assignment 4: Issue Story. Complete draft due Monday, May 1. Revised draft due Monday, May 8.

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Assignment 3: Explanatory Feature review

My thoughts:

  • Great variety of presentation and media
  • Curation AND original reporting/content
  • Visual > Text
  • Required elements: Attribution, links, expert, logical structure
  • Creativity
  • Useful/Informative/Worth Sharing

Your projects:

 

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Schedule for the last four weeks of the semester

Week 13
Monday, April 17
Issue Story Reporting Plan due Monday, April 17 at the end of class

Wednesday, April 19
-Assignment 3: Explanatory Feature review
-Assembling an Issue Story
-Posting an Issue Story

Week 14
Monday, April 24
End-of-the-semester quiz. Will cover anything we’ve discussed in class. Week 1 through Week 13 (Worth 2 participation points)
-Work day with group

Wednesday, April 26
-No class. Reporting day. Work with your group on Assignment 4: Issue Story

Week 15
Monday, May 1 – Last day of class
-Workday for Assignment 4: Issue Story
-Completed Assignment 4: Issue Story story due TBA

-I will email each group with suggested revisions.

Finals Week and Graduation Week
Monday, May 8
-Revised Assignment 4: Issue Story due via email at 12:15pm. You do not have to attend the exam period.

Tuesday, May 9
-12:30-2:00pm – Lunch for Journalism graduates in Enterprise Building, Room 406.

Wednesday, May 10
-CCCA Commencement

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Week 12 – April 10 and 12

In Class:
Issue Stories (continued)
Issue Story Reporting Plan
-Wednesday is workday for Assignment 3: Explanatory Feature. I’ll look at your work in progress.

Assignments:
Assignment 3: Explanatory Feature. NOTE: Deadline has been extended to 11:59pm on Thursday, April 13
Issue Story Reporting Plan due Monday, April 17 at the end of class

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Issue Story Reporting Plan – Due at End of Class on Monday, April 17

Each group must send me an email answering the following questions for Assignment 4: Issue Story
(Worth 1 point toward Assignment 4 grade)
Due at the end of class on Monday, April 17

1. Clearly articulate the issue.
What is the issue? Why is it important? Why should people care?

2. Localize the issue.
How are you going to narrow down the issue? What angle? What location? What community?

3. Identify key facts and statistics
List five (5) key things the audience should know/learn about this issue?

4. Identify key players in the issue
Who is affected by this issue? Identify at least four (4) kinds of people or groups.

5. Strategy for locating key players
Where/how are you going to find people to talk to? Come up with a plan for interviewing each of the “key players” you identify in Step 4.

6. Activities/Events/Locations
Where does your issues play out in real life? What activities, events or locations can you visit as part of your reporting? What do you expect to observe?

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Week 11 – April 3 and 5

In Class:
Assignment 3: Explanatory Feature check-in
Issue Stories (continued)
Assignment 4: Issue Story

Assignments:
-Work on Assignment 3: Explanatory Feature. Rough draft due Wed. April 5. Final draft due Wed, April 12.

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Assignment 4: Issue Story

Worth 25 points 

  • Reporting plan due Monday, April 17
  • Complete draft due Monday, May 1
  • Revised draft due on Monday, May 8

Groups:
Team 1 – Ashleigh, Sarah, Robert, Summer
Team 2 – Rhiannon, Cody, Kelley, Ellen
Team 3 – Janay, Essence, Geneva, Lillian
Team 4 – Mavish, Brian, Susan, Aleesa
Team 5 – Lauren, Dylan, Shawn, Sierra

Topical Reporting or Issue Story definition:

A reporting project on a topic or issue of public concern. Not necessarily driven by the regular news cycle, although it can have a news peg in current events. Uses the traditional techniques of feature writing — i.e, character development, setting scenes, structured with a narrative arc — to inform and engage the audience. Online publications often make use of multimedia to help present a vivid and compelling story.

Examples for Topical Reporting or Issue Stories from 2016 OJA

Assignment Goals:
-To research an issue of public concern
-To present the issue in clear, explanatory fashion
-To educate the audience
-To demonstrate how and why the issue matters in people’s everyday lives
-To combine text, visuals, audio or video, and data/facts in an informative and compelling manner
-To work in a team to report and produce content

Requirements:
-A clear, compelling issue that you can research and educate others about.
-A localized angle to the issue. Something you can access and audience can relate to.
-Use of facts/statistics/data from at least three (3) reputable sources. Facts should be incorporated into the piece and linked.
-Interview at least four (4) people about the issue. People interviewed must be connected to the issue, either through their knowledge, expertise, or personal experience. At least two of the interviews must be captured and presented on video. You must also have portraits of all people you interview.
-Written text will explain the issue and provide basic information, background and context. Appox. 1000-1500 words.
-Multimedia (photos, audio, videos or graphics) will convey how the issue is connected to real people and their lives.
-Issue story must be posted online. Story should have a clean layout and compelling presentation.
-Individual bylines should be on text, photos, videos and multimedia so I know who captured or created content.
-Any media you did not capture or create yourself must be attributed and used only with permission of creator.

How To:

Grading:

Reporting plan (1 point)

  • Each team will submit a plan for breaking down and reporting their issue story. Due Monday, April 17

Reporting (6 points)

  • Choice of topic and localized angle
  • Use of facts/statistics/data from at least three (3) reputable sources. Facts should be incorporated into the piece and linked to text.
  • Interview at least four (4) people about the issue. People interviewed must be connected to the issue, either through their knowledge, expertise, or personal experience. Full names are required unless nature of topic presents safety issue for source (ie domestic violence or sexual assault).
  • At least two video interviews with relevant people.

Writing (7 points)

  • Compelling, descriptive headline with key words
  • Appropriate bylines and photo/multimedia credits
  • Structure (See required structure in Part 3: Assembling an Issue Story)
  • Mechanics, grammar, spelling
  • Clean, compelling writing
  • Maximum length – 1500 words
  • Hyperlinks to facts/stats/data and other relevant source material

Multimedia (7 points)

  • Compelling featured image
  • At least two video interviews with relevant people
  • Appropriate choice of media (ie video for action, graphic for statistics, etc)
  • Quality of multimedia
  • Overall presentation of news story – layout, design, structure

Participation (4 points)

  • Each team member will be evaluated on their reporting effort/content/teamwork
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Week 10 – March 27 and 29

Announcements:
Summer and Fall 2017 registration is underway. Hang in there.
-Join the Journalism trip to Washington DC on Thurs, April 6. Cost $45, includes bus and Newseum admission. Contact Suzanne Flynn to reserve a spot.

In Class:
Assignment 3: Explanatory Feature overview
-Assignment 3 brainstorming
Topical Reporting or Issue Story overview

Assignments:
-Explanatory feature pitch due Wed, March 27 in class
-Read A River of Booze for Wed, March 27
-Explore the examples of Explanatory Journalism and Issue Stories

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Assignment 3: Explanatory Feature

Worth 15 points – solo project

Deadlines:

  • Question pitch due Wed, March 29
  • Rough draft due Wed, April 5
  • Project due Wed, April 12  11:59pm on Thursday, April 13 (No late work accepted) Post your assignment online and email me a link.

Inspiration:
The examples in Intro to Explanatory Journalism

Goals:
To create a compelling and informative online explanatory feature that:

  • Combines curation and original reporting.
  • Communicates info primarily through visuals. (Text is secondary.)
  • Uses storytelling formats (video, graphics, maps, timelines, etc) that work well online.
  • Approaches a news story with creativity.

Advice:

Keep it simple. Keep it short (suggest less than 500 words or 2 min video). Make it visual. Be creative. Take a risk. Creative > Safe. (Think Lego Iowa Caucus and Comic-Con Climate Video)

The Process:

Formulate a question. Tips for picking your topic:

  • Would someone Google your question?
  • Pick something everyone has heard of, but few know much about.
  • Will your question make audience curious?
  • Be simple, yet informative.
  • Take something boring and turn it into something compelling.
  • Pick something you care about.

Do your research. Become an expert in your topic. Look for things you can curate or link to. Make a list of:

  • Key facts and definitions
  • Hyperlinks
  • Images and video
  • Graphs and charts

Make an outline of your key points to cover. I suggest 3 or 5 key points.

Find an expert on your topic. Ask them a few good questions.

Decide on a format. Options include:

  • Storify
  • Explanatory video
  • Map
  • Timeline
  • Graphs and charts tied together with text
  • Other? If you have a creative idea, pitch it.

Find a professional one that you like and try to imitate the structure and techniques.

Put together a rough draft. If you are making a video, write a script first. Then storyboard your visuals. If you are using text, make an outline. Then find multimedia to curate.

Bring rough draft to class on Wed, April 5.

Revise. Final draft due Wed., April 12

Resources and tutorials:
Note: MBG are my tutorials and * Resources I haven’t personally used

Creative Commons search – Search for free images, videos, music, etc.

Storify  – Curation tool

Power Point – and you might try something new like Animating a Power Point
SlideShare – Add audio narration to Power Point and embed into eb pages

Photoshop
Photoshop: 10 Things Beginners Want to Know How to Do

Final Cut
Final Cut Pro X basics
Final Cut Pro X Tutorial Beginners video (Matthew Pearce)
Final Cut Pro X Tips and Tricks video (Matthew Pearce)
 
Import still images into Final Cut
How to import YouTube videos into Final Cut
How to import an Animated GIF into Final Cut

Adobe Premiere Pro
Five editing basics in Premiere Pro (with video tutorials)
Adobe Premiere basic editing techniques (with video tutorials)
Adobe Premiere Pro basics video (Dan Stevers)

How to Import Videos and Images into Premiere

Animated Video Makers
PowToon*
Animaker*
RawShorts*

Timetoast – Interactive timeline maker

Maps
Google Maps
Google Fusion Tables
Intro to making maps with Google My Maps and Fusion Tables (MBG)
Mapbox*
StoryMap*

Graphs, Charts and Infographics
Intro to Infographic Makers (MBG)
Data Visualization Catalogue– Tool to figure out which graphs or charts are best for your info
Plot.ly
Google Sheets
Google Charts – this is a more robust version of Google Sheets
Infogr.am
Silk*
Piktochart  – Make an infographic using a template

Grading Rubric:

NOTE: I adjusted rubric in following areas (*) to place more grading emphasis on creativity.

Question pitch (1 point)
A solid explainer question must be pitched and approved by Wed, March 29

Rough draft (2 1 point)*
Each person must submit a rough cut by Wed, April 5 and revise their final draft based on responses. Rough draft can be submitted as outline, storyboard, or partially completed assignment. Rough draft must demonstrate effort and progress.

Compelling, descriptive question (headline) that uses key words and strong lead or beginning that hooks audience (1 point)

Expert opinion (1 point)
Each project must include at least one expert quote or voice. You must contact and gather this yourself (via email, phone or in-person interview). No cribbing quote from another source.

Attribution (1 point)
Attribute any information, images, graphics that you do not report or create yourself. Provide source of material and hyperlink.

Creativity (3 4 points)*
Each project and presentation will be evaluated on level of creativity. Strive to do something that isn’t done elsewhere, and that you haven’t done before.

Organized structure (3 points)
Each presentation will be evaluated on structure. It should walk audience through the key points in a logical step-by-step manner.

Informative/Usefulness/Worth sharing (3 points)
Each presentation will be tangible take-away of concrete knowledge or information. Presentation should be something worth sharing via social media.

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