Assignment 4 Meeting Schedule

There is no regular class this week. Instead I will meet with each of you for 30 min to discuss your Assignment 4: Profile. Bring a rough draft to the meeting in my office at 6 High Street.

Wed, April 27
11:00 – Joe
12:00 – Nery
12:30 – Tommy
1:30 – SarahJane

Thurs, April 28
11:00 – Vince
12:30- Mike

Fri, April 28
10:00 – Steve, Matt, Sam

Mon, May 2
11:30 – Kevin and Peggy

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Week 13 – April 18 and 20

In Class:
Monday
Assignment 3: Issue due Monday, 18 at beginning of class
-5 min group presentations on Assignment 3 (Worth 5 quiz points)
VR and Journalism discussion

Wednesday
Course evaluation
How to make your own immersive multimedia with Story Spheres
-Assignment 4: Profile pitch due
-Open Internet Quiz (worth 25 points) will cover:

-Sign up for individual Assignment 4 meeting the following week

NEXT WEEK:
-No regular class next week. Instead, I will meet individually with each of you in my office at 6 High Street to discuss your Assignment 4 Profile. Individual meetings will be held on April 27, 28, 29 and May 2.

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How to make immersive journalism with Story Spheres

By Mark Berkey-Gerard and Anthony Medina

For better or worse, virtual reality is being put in the hands of the masses.

Facebook is venturing into 360 video. YouTube recently unveiled live streaming 360 video. And Splash is a new mobile app that lets anyone shoot 360 photos and videos and share them via social media.

While much of this technology — and how people are using it — can be clunky (and may not even really count as virtual reality), these “plug-and-play” tools do offer a student or reporter a way to explore the potential and challenges of immersive journalism.

We have been playing around with some of these tools here at Rowan University and decided to write up this overview of Story Spheres, which adds audio clips to a 360 photo.

We liked Story Spheres because it is:

Tips for Using Story Spheres:

-Pick locations and subjects that are both visual and have good sound. You need both for an engaging Story Sphere.

-Shoot 360 photos in a smooth circular motion. Changing the height of camera or moving too fast can create gaps in your image.

-Start your photo with the main subject.

-Watch out for motion. If someone moves while you are shooting your photo, it will create a blur.

-Simple is better. Story Spheres with too many audio clips or links are confusing to users.

Story Spheres Step-by-Step:

You need a way to shoot a 360 panorama photo with a 2:1 ratio. The ideal image size is 4000 x 2000 pixels. For Android phones, go to native camera and download more modes to get the 360 camera. For iPhone, you need a 360 photo app. We liked the 360 Panorama app because it is cheap ($1.99) and works well enough.

Shoot a 360 photo.

Record audio clips with your a voice recorder or your phone.

Import your photo to a computer. If you are using 360 Panorama on an iPhone, share the photo to your camera roll. Then plug your phone into a computer with your cord. On a Mac, use Image Capture, then import.

Resize your image to 40000 x 2000. (Note: 360 Panorama images aren’t exactly 2:1, but if you can resize it to something close (ie 4000 x 1800 pixels), it will still work.

Import your audio clips to your computer via email or with your cord. They must be in .mp3 format to upload to Story Spheres, so you can use a converter like Switch to change format if needed. (Here is a video tutorial for using Switch)

Go to Story Spheres. Log in with your Gmail account.

Upload your photo to Story Spheres.

Upload your audio clips to Story Spheres. Then continue to the Studio page to position each sound file.

In the Studio page sound files have their own widgets to control their settings, volume, distance, position on the image, name and type of audio file. Ambient sounds play in the background. A click to play sound plays when the user taps or hovers over the sound in a Story Sphere.

You can also link one Story Sphere to another – so that the user can click through multiple connected scenes. This is a nice option for giving a tour of a location, going room to room or building to building.

Embed the Story Sphere through share menu. Or view it with a Google Cardboard.

Related Links:

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Virtual Reality and Journalism Discussion

Your thoughts from NYTimes VR stories:
-Which one(s) did you watch? What worked? What didn’t work?

My suggestions for how to think about VR and journalism (and every technological gadget/application to come in the future):

1. Explore and experiment
News outlets left and right (and up, down, and center) are embracing virtual reality technology (NiemanLab)

2. Learn from other reporters who are trying it
Virtual Reality: A New Way to Tell Stories (NYTimes)

3. Question the ethics
From Mike Oreskes: What We Talk About When We Talk About Virtual Reality (NPR)

4. Try it yourself — maybe even for your profile assignment
How to make your own immersive multimedia with Story Spheres

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For next week…

Send me a link to your Assignment 3 by noon on Friday. I will respond by email on Friday afternoon.

…Week 13 – April 18 and 20

Monday
Assignment 3: Issue due Monday, 18 at beginning of class
-VR and Journalism
-Things I hope you take away from the semester

Wednesday
-VR Journalism (cont)
-Assignment 4: Profile pitch due
-Last quiz
-Sign up for Assignment 4 meeting the following week
-Course evaluation

 

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Assignment 3 Group Work Today

Assignment 3: Issue rough draft is due Wed., April 13 
No class on Monday, April 11. Use the time in the best way for your group project.
Final version must be posted by 5 pm on Friday, April 15

Today:

  1. Show me what you have so far.
  2. Create a WP blog, pick a theme and get everyone on as an editor. If it is private, invite me to view it.
  3. Outline your plan going forward. Who is doing what/when?
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Week 11 – April 4 and 6

In Class:
Quick review:
Part 2: Reporting an Issue Story
Part 3: Assembling an Issue Story
Part 4: How to Post Your Issue Story

-Assignment 4: Profile overview
Elements of a great profile
-Assignment 3 group work check in on Wednesday

Assignments:
Assignment 3: Issue due Friday, April 15. Get rolling on Assignment 3. Communicate with your group. Follow your plan for “8. Outline a concrete plan for reporting/assembling content.” You want to have some reporting/interviews accomplished by Wed. I will check in with each group to see what you have.

-Read Tips for making storytelling portraits (NPR)
-Read A handy guide to making awesome photos (NPR)
-Read How to find great pictures for your stories (NPR)
-Read News outlets left and right (and up, down, and center) are embracing virtual reality technology (NiemanLab)
-Read Virtual Reality: A New Way to Tell Stories (NYTimes)
-Read From Mike Oreskes: What We Talk About When We Talk About Virtual Reality(NPR)

-Check out a Google cardboard from me. Download NYTimes Virtual Reality app on your phone. Watch one or more of the following:

  • Smile More
  • 10 Shots Across the Border
  • The Contenders
  • Vigils in Paris
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Assignments for Next Week

Here is the assignment “to do” list by next Wednesday:

-Get rolling on Assignment 3. Communicate with your group. Follow your plan for “8. Outline a concrete plan for reporting/assembling content.” You want to have some reporting/interviews accomplished by next Wed. I will check in with each group next week to see what you have.

-Read Tips for making storytelling portraits (NPR)
-Read A handy guide to making awesome photos (NPR)
-Read How to find great pictures for your stories (NPR)
-Read News outlets left and right (and up, down, and center) are embracing virtual reality technology (NiemanLab)
-Read Virtual Reality: A New Way to Tell Stories (NYTimes)
-Read From Mike Oreskes: What We Talk About When We Talk About Virtual Reality (NPR)

-Check out a Google cardboard from me. Download NYTimes Virtual Reality app on your phone. Watch one or more of the following:

  • Smile More
  • 10 Shots Across the Border
  • The Contenders
  • Vigils in Paris
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Week 10 – March 28 and 30

In Class:
Revised schedule for the rest of the semester
-OJA issue story presentations (Worth 5 quiz points)

Monday:

Wednesday:

Group work on Assignment 3: Issue

Assignments:
-Pitch your issue and get it approved by end of class on Monday.

-Work with your group to answer and write up the following. Due by end of class on Wednesday.

1. Clearly articulate your 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 each of the “key players” you identified in Step 4.

6. Identify locations, events and activities where you can report.
Where can you go in the next two weeks to observe, gather multimedia, and see your issue in action?

7. Decide what media is best for telling your story.
Make your plan for gathering multimedia. Photos? Video? Graphics? etc.

8. Outline a concrete plan for reporting/assembling content.
Make a detailed plan of who is doing what and when.

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Revised Schedule for Rest of Semester

Week 11 – April 4 and 6
How to Post Your Issue Story
-Assignment 4: Profile overview
-Elements of a great profile
-Virtual Reality and Journalism 101 overview
-Assignment 3 group work check in on Wednesday

Week 12 – April 11 and 13
-No Class on Monday, April 11
-Assignment 3 rough draft due Wed, April 13. Bring what you have to class with you.

Assignments:
Assignment 3: Issue due Friday, April 15

Week 13 – April 18 and 20
-VR and Journalism (cont.)
-Things I hope you take away from the semester
-Course evaluation
-Last quiz
-Assignment 4: Profile pitch due

Week 14 – April 25 and 27
No regular class this week. I will meet with each of you individually to go over Assignment 4: Profile first draft

Week 15 – May 2 and 4
Final exam period – May 4, 12:30-2:30pm
-Assignment 4: Profile due Wednesday, May 4 at 2:30pm

GRADUATION – Thursday, May 12

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