Week 9 – March 20 and 22

Fall 17 registration starts tomorrowRegister for classes on the first day you are eligible:

  • March 21-26 – Seniors (90 credits and above) 
  • March 27-April 2 – Juniors (58-89 credits)
  • April 3-9 – Sophomores, (24-57 credits)
  • April 10-16 – Freshmen (0-23 credits)

In class:
What we’ve covered and where we are headed
Assignment 2: On-the-Street Video review
Intro to Explanatory Journalism
-Mid-semester check-in and Assignment 2 participation

-Homework for Monday:

  1. Spend more time browsing examples of Explanatory Journalism
  2. Bring one or two ideas for your own  explanatory piece
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What we’ve covered and where we are headed

What we’ve covered:
Digital-first – Searching for new mindset, workflow and inspiration from OJAs
Story hunting and how to pitch stories
-In an increasingly chaotic information landscape, curation and verification are critical roles for journalists
-Improving your skills – in interviewing, writing, social media and video and working in teams

Where we are headed:
-Explanatory journalism
-Infographics and explanatory videos
-How to break down, report, and assemble a multimedia issue/feature story like Philly.com’s piece on “El Capamento,” ground zero for heroin addiction in Philadelphia

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Intro to Explanatory Journalism

Explanatory Journalism – “illuminates a significant and complex subject…with lucid writing and clear presentation”

Like aggregation, curation, and verification, explanatory reporting is increasingly becoming a priority for journalists. And digital-first publications are reinventing the traditional storytelling forms of explanatory reporting.

Vox.com is a great example of an online publication built around explanatory journalism
Vox Media – Wikipedia
Vox explained
Three standard Vox explainers: Videos, Maps and Card Stacks

Examples to begin: Explore these 2016 OJA finalists for Explanatory Reporting:

And EVEN MORE examples:

Some standard types of online news explainers:

Explanatory video – Often combines graphics, still shots, animation and voice-over to explain a complex current event or topic. (See Vox videos)

Map – For topics with a geographic focus. Often shows how residents of different locations experience or view something in different ways. (See Vox maps)

Timeline – Useful for demonstrating progression or change over time. Also to chronicle the life of a person or institution.

Graphs and charts – Useful for complex information that can be best presented visually rather than with text. Also allows user to delve into particular details of data. (See many examples in Vox card stacks. Also in data journalism publications like FiveThirtyEight and Upshot.

Lists – A simple way to organize or rate a topic by breaking it into a numbered list. Often incorporates photos or videos. (See many examples in Vox card stacks)

Notes from our class discussion:


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Assignment 2: On-the-Street Video Review

Your projects:

My common responses:

The question drives the content.

To make people talking into an interesting video, you have to:

  • humanize
  • visualize
  • surprise
  • be useful
  • be short

Headlines and intro text are gateway to your video. Must be clear, descriptive and compelling. It has to entice reader to click and watch.

Hook viewer in first 20 seconds. Beginning, middle and end.

Visuals, audio or editing should never distract from your primary content.

Concrete + specific = vivid

With online video, good content can compensate for lack of video expertise. But getting good content takes a lot of time and effort — and a bit of luck.

There are no short cuts. Do it. Learn. Do it again. Repeat.

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Week 8 – March 6 and 8

In Class:
Fall 17 registration reminders
Assignment 2: On the Street Video rough cut review and revisions

– Assignment 2: On the Street Video due Friday, March 10 before you leave for Spring Break. Here is how to post it and turn it in to me.

Have a good Spring Break. 

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Fall 17 Registration Reminders

1.Drop by Journalism Open Advising session TODAY from 2:00pm-4:30pm at 6 High Street. 

2. Summer registration is open. If you are planning on doing a summer internship, sign up for the class and start your internship search.

3. Register for classes on the first day you are eligible:

  • March 21-26 – Seniors (90 credits and above) 
  • March 27-April 2 – Juniors (58-89 credits)
  • April 3-9 – Sophomores, (24-57 credits)
  • April 10-16 – Freshmen (0-23 credits)

4. Here are five cool Journalism electives you should consider:

Crime Reporting (George Anastasia) – Prof. Anastasia is a former Inquirer reporter, two-time Pulitzer nominee, author of six books, and expert on the American Mafia. 

Data Journalism (Mark Berkey-Gerard) – Students will gain the skills that are in high demand in newsrooms, including how to gather, analyze and visualize data. An essential course for students interested in covering sports, politics, crime, education or business.

Health Reporting (Dianne Garyantes) – Health journalism and media is a growing field. Students will learn how to report and write on a range of topics and outlets. Also includes collaboration with Rowan’s medical schools.

Special Topic: First Amendment and Film (Candace Kelley) – Explore First Amendment issues through films like People vs. Larry Flint, State of Play, and Runaway Jury.

Sports Broadcasting (Ed Benkin) – Prof. Benkin is a sports anchor and reporter for KYW Radio and WIP Radio. This course covers the basics of sports broadcast techniques.

Special Topic: Art of the Interview (Steve Adubato) – Dr. Steve Adubato, a seasoned broadcaster and former New Jersey legislator, will teach this course on how to develop effective interviewing techniques.

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How to Post and Turn in Assignment 2 Video

  1. Export your video and post it to a public YouTube account. (See exporting instructions for Adobe Premiere and Final Cut X below.)
  2. Embed your video into a WordPress post or another website. Make sure it’s public.
  3. Write a compelling headline that is clear, descriptive and uses key words.
  4. Write introductory text that provides necessary context for the video. It should introduce it and compel viewer to watch. Full names, ages, and occupation/major are required for each person in your video. If they are not included in the video content, then you must put them in the text of the post.
  5. Include bylines for each member of your team.
  6. Publish your post.
  7. Email me a link to your post.

How to Share from Adobe Premiere to YouTube

How to Share from Final Cut Pro to YouTube

First, you can try to built in option to share directly from Final Cut to YouTube. If it doesn’t work try…

  1. Add Export File Destination
    >Add Destination
    Drag the icon for Export File to the menu on the left
    Close the window

2. To Export
Select Export File icon
Click on Settings
Set Video Codec to H.264
1280 X 720 resolution
Click Next
Save to your Desktop or other location

3. Then follow instructions for how to upload video to YouTube


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Week 7 – Feb. 27 and March 1

In Class:
-Planning and Question pitch for Assignment 2: On the Street Video overview
-Advice for shooting and editing “person on the street” video
In Class Assignment: #WhyJournalism video shooting and editing due at end of class on Monday
Wednesday is a reporting workday. Use the time to shoot/edit Assignment 2 with your teammate. I will be in class. Come if you want/need help and assistance.

-Working on Assignment 2: On the Street Video overview. Rough cut is due Monday, March 6 in class. Final cut due Friday, March 10 before you leave for Spring Break


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Advice on Shooting/Editing “Person on the Street” Video

Students: Here is the advice to yourself that you came up with…

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Week 6 – Feb 20 and 22

-Summer 2017 course registration starts today. Here is a list of Journalism courses being offered this summer.
-News and info on Journalism Dept (scholarships, courses, alumni, etc) on

-Journalism open advising session – Mon, March 6, 2:00pm-4:30pm. Drop in.
-Spring break – March 13-17
-Fall 2017 registration starts March 20 for seniors

In Class:
-Assignment 1 feedback
-Very brief video editing overview. Here are tutorials for Final Cut and Adobe Premiere
-Work on In Class Assignment: #WhyJournalism video shooting and editing
Assignment 2: On the Street Video overview

-Watch and study examples of Innovative Approaches to “Person on the Street” Video
-Due Monday, Feb. 27 In Class Assignment: #WhyJournalism video shooting and editing (Worth 4 Participation points)
-Due Monday, Feb. 27 – Communicate with your teammate over the weekend and come up with your question pitch for Assignment 2: On the Street Video

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