Multimedia Reporting Assignment 1

Due: Thurs, Sept 29 at the end of class

(Worth 10 points. Late = deduction of 2 points)

For this assignment, you will record audio, take photographs, and write a short article. Here are some examples of multimedia stories that are in the same “spirit” as your assignment:

Subway Preachers (NYTimes.com)
Students and Technology (NYTimes.com)
Night before the Superbowl (NYTimes.com)

And how two students did this last semester:
New Jersey’s Oldest Resident
Champagne Wishes and Blueberry Dreams

You will turn in all of the following items:

90-second audio clip
•    Exported in .mp3 format
•    Saved as YourLastNameA1Audio.mp3

3 photos
•    .jpg format
•    Medium quality
•    Sized approx 600 width x 450 height
•    Saved as YourLastNameA1Photo1.jpg, YourLastNameA1Photo2.jpg, YourLastNameA1Photo3.jpg

300-500 word article of text with a headline and byline
•    Saved as word .doc or .docx
•    Saved as YourLastNameA1Text.docx”

To create these items:

1. Do some leg work to find a story. Do research. Make phone calls. Go somewhere. You are looking for something unexpected, surprising, and unique. You must be able to explain why the story fits the theme of “underground.”

2. When you have a story idea. Take a camera, your audio recorder, microphone, and headphones. Introduce yourself. Explain the class project. Let everyone you talk to or photograph know that this is for a public web site. Find the most compelling story you can.

3. Audio Reporting: Interview your subject(s). Try to ask questions that elicit stories, not just information. Gather other sounds (natural sound effects) to enhance your audio and tell your story.

5. Photo Reporting: Take photos of the person or people you interview and the surroundings. Capture a variety of shots (wide, medium, close-up, detail, etc). Take more photos than you need (Try to take at least 100 photos). Make sure you have strong images the person or people in your audio.

6. Audio Editing: Edit your audio to 90 seconds or less. Cut out the sound of your own voice and questions. Integrate natural sounds to make it more vivid. Use your audio to capture voice, emotion, personality, and anecdotes. See if you can identify and include an anecdote and a moment of reflection in your audio edit.

7. Photo Editing: Pick your three best photographs to accompany the audio and text. Use your photos to present visuals, portraits of people, action, and specific moments.

8. Writing: Write a short article of text to go with your audio and photos (approximately 300-500 words). Use your text to convey basic information (who, what, where, when, why) and to entice the viewer to explore the audio and photos. Make sure you have first and last names spelled correctly. Write a compelling headline for your story that is descriptive and uses key words.

In addition, write captions for your photo and audio. Make sure you have full names, ages, and locations.

10. Make sure all of your media is saved in the proper format and named correctly. (See list above).

11. Put your audio clip, three photos, and text document in a folder called YourLastNameOJ2A1. Turn in your entire folder and its contents via Flash drive.

Grading: Worth Total 10 points

1 point = audio edited to 90 seconds, no reporter voice
1 point = quality of audio gathering and editing
1 point = content of the audio (Is it compelling, relevant, worth hearing, sharing?)
1 point = 3 photos are clear, in focus. At least one photo is of a person.
1 point = content of the photos (Are they compelling, relevant, worth seeing, sharing?)
1 point = 500 words of text and a headline
1 point = content of text (Does it explain “who, what, where, when, why” and make viewer want to know more?)
1 point = Files submitted in proper formats with appropriate names
2 points = Overall story content of entire package (Is it compelling, relevant, worth reading, hearing, seeing, and sharing?)

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