Final Deadlines for Spring 17 Semester

Monday, May 1 – Final Class Period

Course evaluation

-Return quiz

-Group work – Posting Assignment 4 and share it to my mbg.rowan email address.

Assignment 4: Issue Story is due at 11:59pm on May 1. Note: This is not a rough draft. It must be complete.

Tuesday, May 2  

-Forum on “Future of News in South Jersey” on May 2 from 7:00-9:00pm at South Jersey Tech Park – RSVP here

Finals Week – May 2 to May 7

-I will review each project and then respond via email with suggested revisions. Revise your project for May 8.

-On Sunday, May 7, I will send out a short online form for you to fill out regarding your participation and teamwork on Assignment 4.

Final Exam period, Monday, May 8 from 10:15am-12:15pm

-I will be in Room 205 during our final exam period from 10:15am to 12:15pm. Attendance is optional, but I will be there to assist you if you need help. If your group has questions about revisions, needs technical help, or if you want to review your grades to date, this is the time for those things.

-Your online participation form for Assignment 4 is due by 12:15pm on May 8.

Revised Assignment 4: Issue Story is due at 12:15pm on May 8.

May 9 – 12:30 – Pizza lunch for graduating journalism majors – 301 High, Room 216

May 10 – 10am – CCCA Commencement

Sometime between May 10 and May 15, I will email you with all of a grade on Assignment 4, all of your assignments and attendance/participation and your final grade for the semester. If you have questions, get back to me ASAP.

May 16 – Final Grades submitted

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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 6 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

Teamwork (4 5 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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