Assignment 2: Article with Audio and Photos

Due Thursday, February 20 Tuesday, Feb. 25 in class
Worth 10 points. (-2 points off for late work)

Building off of your beat note assignment, follow up on one of your story ideas about connected to Route 47. Go out and report the story. You will record audio, take photographs, and write a short article. You must create all media content yourself. If you are including audio that you did not create (i.e., music from a band) you must obtain permission to use it from the owner and give proper credit in the text of your article. No photos from other sources allowed.

You will turn in all of the following items:

500-word article formatted for the web with a headline, byline and hyperlinks to relevant information inserted into the article.
•    Saved as word .doc or .docx
•    Saved as YourLastNameA2Text.docx”

60 to 90 second audio clip
•    Exported in .mp3 format
•    Saved as YourLastNameA2Audio.mp3

3 photos
•    At least one of the photos must be of the person who talks in the audio
•    .jpg format
•    High quality
•    Sized approx 640 width x 480 height
•    Saved as YourLastNameA2Photo1.jpg, YourLastNameA2Photo2.jpg, YourLastNameA2Photo3.jpg

To create these media elements:

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.  Find the most compelling story you can.

2. Take a camera, your audio recorder, microphone, and headphones. Introduce yourself. Let everyone you talk to or photograph know that this is for a public web site.

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

4. Photo Reporting: Take photos of the event, activity, and people you interview. Capture a variety of shots (wide, medium, close-up, detail, etc). Take more photos than you need (Try to take at least 50 photos). Look for moments that capture the essence of the experience. Make sure you have strong images the person or people in your audio.

6. Audio Editing: Edit your audio to 60 to 90 seconds. Edit out the sound of your own voice and questions. Integrate natural sounds to make it more vivid. Use your audio to capture voiceemotionpersonality, and anecdotes. Try to 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 visualsportraits of people, action, and specific moments. At least one of the photos must be of the person who speaks in your audio clip.

8. Writing: Write a short article to go with your audio and photos (approximately 500 words). Use the 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. Use short paragraphs and returns to make it easier to read online. Insert hyperlinks to relevant information into the text of your article.

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 YourLastNameA2. Turn in your entire folder and its contents via Flash drive.

Grading: Worth Total 10 points

1 point = Audio edited to 60 to 90 seconds, no reporter’s voice, natural sounds.
1 point = Quality of audio gathering and editing.
1 point = 3 photos. At least one photo must be of a person who speaks.
1 point = Quality of photos. Focus, framing, light, variety.
1 point = 500-word article with a compelling and descriptive headline.
1 point = Quality of text. 5 Ws, lead, structure, free of grammatical errors and typos.
3 points = Story content. Is it compelling, relevant, worth reading, hearing, seeing, and sharing? Do the elements work together to provide a cohesive and vivid story?
1 point = Files submitted in proper formats with appropriate file names

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