Assignment 3: Issue – Spring 2016

Due Friday, April 15
Worth 20 points. All members of group will receive the same grade. (15 percent off for late work)

Groups:
Team 1 – Sam, Joe, Vin, Stephen
Team 2 – Michael, Margaret, Tommy
Team 3 – Kevin, Sarahjane, Matt, Nery

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.
-Written text will explain the issue and provide basic information, background and context. Max. 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.
-Bylines of all group members should be on text. Individual bylines should be placed photos, videos and multimedia so I know which person captured and/or edited the items.
-Any media you did not capture or create yourself must be attributed and used only with permission of creator.

How To:

Grading:

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).

Writing (7 points)

  • Compelling, descriptive headline with key words
  • Appropriate bylines and photo/multimedia credits
  • Structure (See required structure)
  • Grammar, spelling, mechanics
  • Clean, compelling writing
  • Maximum length – 1500 words
  • Hyperlinks to facts/stats/data and other relevant source material

Multimedia (7 points)

  • Compelling featured image
  • Appropriate choice of media (ie video for action, graphic for statistics, etc)
  • Quality of multimedia
  • Overall presentation of news story – layout, design, structure

Resources:
Multimedia Reporting Check List
Ten Simple Ways to Improve Your Multimedia

Audio
Basic Audio Reporting and Gathering
Basic Audio Editing with Audacity
Basic Editing with Adobe Audition
Instructions for getting your audio from your device to a WordPress blog

Video
Video 101
Shooting sequences
Breaking Down a Video Story Shot-by-Shot
Basics of Final Cut X
Adobe Premiere tutorials
Steps for planning, shooting, and editing your video project

Chart, Graph and Infographic Makers
Infogr.am
Google charts
DataWrapper
Plot.ly
Google Maps

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