Class Schedule

Download the Online Journalism 2 syllabus (pdf) if you want a hard copy.

The following schedule is a guide for the semester. It is subject to change. Check the main page of the website for updates. Major assignment due dates are marked in bold.

Week 1 – Jan. 18
In Class: Get Rolling
-Introductions
-Course overview
-Reading
-Assignments and Grading
-Equipment and hosting
-Ethics review
-“Journalists today have to be Swiss Army knives”

Assignments:
Explore the entries for the 2015 OJA finalists. I will assign you several categories. Pick one you want to discuss. Answer these questions and be prepared to share them with your classmates (Orally. You do not have to write anything down.)
-What is the topic/story?
-What is the news organization? What is the niche/mission?
-Why is this award-worthy? What do they do? How do they do it?

Week 2 – Jan. 23 and 25
-OJA example review
-Lecture and activity: Establishing a digital-first workflow
-Assignment 1: Event overview

Assignments:
-Assigned readings (posted on class blog)

Week 3 – Jan. 30 and Feb. 1
-Equipment booking demo
-The art of story hunting
-How to pitch a story for this class – the “XY approach”
-Ira Glass on Storytelling
-Which media element/platform is best for your story?

Assignments:
-Assigned readings (posted on class blog)
-Assignment 1: Event workflow due

Week 4 – Feb. 6 and 8
-Reviewing basics: Headlines, featured image, formatting, and hyperlinks
-Innovative approaches to “on the street” interviews
-Assignment 2 overview
-T5i and video editing intro

Assignments:
-Assigned readings (posted on class blog)

Week 5 – Feb. 13 and 15
-In-class video shooting and editing

Assignments:
-Assigned readings (posted on class blog)
-Assignment 1: Event due February 15

Week 6 – Feb. 20 and 22
-In-class video shooting and editing (cont.)

Assignments:
-Assigned readings (posted on class blog)

Week 7 – Feb. 27 and March 1
-Assignment 1 review
-Assignment 2: Rough cut due

Week 8 – March 6 and 8
-Midterm catch-up and work week

Assignments:
-Assignment 2: On the Street Video due before you leave for Spring Break

SPRING BREAK – March 12-19

Week 9 – March 20 and 22
-Assignment 2 review
-Assignment 3: Infographic or Explanatory Video overview
-Explanatory Videos

Assignments:
-Assigned readings (posted on class blog)

Week 10 – March 27 and 29
-Infographics

Assignments:
-Assigned readings (posted on class blog)

Week 11 – April 3 and 5
-Assignment 4: Issue story overview
-Part 1: Breaking Down an Issue Story
-Part 2: Reporting an Issue Story
-Part 3: Assembling an Issue Story
-Part 4: Posting Your Issue Story

Assignment:
-Assignment 3 rough draft due
-Assigned readings (posted on class blog)

Week 12 – April 10 and 12
-Group work on Assignment 4

Assignments:
-Assignment 3: Infographic or Explanatory Video due

Week 13 – April 17 and 19
-Group work on Assignment 4

Week 14 – April 24 and 26
-Assignment 4: Issue story due

Week 15 – May 1 – Last Day of Class
-Revising Assignment 4

Final Exam – May 8
-Assignment 4: Issue story revised due TBA
-Final presentations, Monday May 8, 10:15-12:15

GRADUATION – MAY 11

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