• 7802 Schedule, Spring 2016

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    A few general readings related to this course and your journalism future:

    THE SCHEDULE FOR THIS SEMESTER

    The schedule below presents an overview of what will happen when. All due dates for regular assignments are included. Finished assignments should be posted to your individual course website by the start of the class session indicated. Click on the link in the first column for each week to access the assigned readings, online lessons, etc., for that week.
    Any text presented in dark yellow is a link to additional instructions or materials. In case any specific assignment due date appears differently elsewhere, this schedule takes precedence.

    A few resources you may need practically every week:

    • Address for the classes server — smb://cifs.files.missouri.edu/journalism/Classes
      (If you plan on saving work from home you will need to download the free VPN client from DoIT. Instructions can be found here.)
    • Address for the EVO video server — smb://128.206.158.166 | username/password: j4802 (Detailed instructions can be found here.)
    Readings (follow the link) TUESDAY CLASS THURSDAY CLASS BLOG PROMPT (posted by end of day Sunday)
    Week 1; 8/22-8/26 Overview, Blogging

    DUE BEFORE START OF CLASS: SET UP YOUR WORDPRESS

    Intro to DSLR cameras (Nikon D7000)

    (Make sure to label each blog post as #1, #2, etc., and include the prompt in each post. You must also embed or link to the corresponding tweet.) What are three (or more) goals you have for this course experience, and more importantly, in what ways will you really have to stretch yourself in order to achieve each of those goals?
    Week 2; 8/29-9/2

    DUE BY START OF CLASS: Website with three proposals for things you could document visually for the next several weeks;

    Cropping/toning/posting photos

    SEEING *COLOR* ASSIGNMENT (A) DUE;
    In-class critique/feedback: Seeing Color assignment
    Based what you are learning so far and your own experience as a news consumer, identify what you believe are the three or four most important priorities for a multiplatform reporter and explain why each is important.
    Week 3; 9/5-9/9 Intro to photojournalism and writing good captions SEEING *COLOR* ASSIGNMENT (B) DUE; and PORTRAITS (A) ASSIGNMENT DUE;
    In-class critique/feedback.Guest speaker via Skype: photojournalist
    Lexey Swall
    What have you learned from doing the first photo assignments and the feedback you received? And what are you doing differently moving forward?
    Week 4; 9/12-9/16 Intro to photojournalism/decisive moment/combining photos [No class meeting. Work on your assignments.] What specific ideas from assigned readings will you incorporate (or have already incorporated) into your work on future photo assignments?
    Week 5; 9/19-9/23 PORTRAITS (B) and DECISIVE MOMENT (A) ASSIGNMENTS DUE;
    In-class critique/feedback.

    Recording high-quality audio (using the Zoom H4n portable digital recorder)

    Audio editing with Audition

    What can a photographer do to increase the chances he/she will capture the right moments in photos? Feel free to cite material from the assigned readings and or other material you have read/seen.
    Week 6; 9/26-9/30 FIVE PHOTOS DUE (A)
    ASSIGNMENT DUE;
    In-class critique/feedback.
    DECISIVE MOMENT (B) DUE*
    SHORT AUDIO (A) ASSIGNMENT DUE;
    In-class critique/feedback.
    How has the photo work you’ve done so far affected the way you see the world?
    Week 7; 10/3-10/7 Combining audio and still photos to tell a story.
    Guest speaker via Skype: radio producer Casey Morell

    FIVE PHOTOS DUE (B)*

    [No class meeting. Work on your assignments.]

    What have you learned from doing the short audio assignment that could be applied to longer, radio-style audio feature work?
    Week 8; 10/10-10/14

    SHORT AUDIO (B) ASSIGNMENT DUE

    How to build audio slideshows

     AUDIO SLIDESHOW DUE (A) What are you doing differently in reporting and putting together your next audio slideshow now that everyone’s initial work has been discussed in class?
    Week 9; 10/17-10/21 Guest lecturer Professor Jamie Greber: Writing for the ear and basic broadcast scriptwriting

    AUDIO SLIDESHOW DUE (B)

    Shooting high quality video (using the Canon video camera) and the basic five-shot sequence. Video interviewing (framing, lighting, getting what you need)

    Week 10; 10/24-10/28 NPR-STYLE AUDIO STORY DUE (A); In-class feedback/critique.
    Editing video (using Final Cut Pro)
    Week 12; 10/31-11/4
    NPR-STYLE AUDIO STORY DUE (B)*;
    [No class meeting. Work on your assignments.]
    SHORT VIDEO DUE (A); In-class feedback/critique. What are the hardest things about doing video, and what can you do to improve your ability to do them?
    Week 13; 11/7-11/11 Workshop video, FCPX, sequences, camera questions SHORT VIDEO DUE (B);

    Other types of shot sequences and how to get what you need to build them; some other concepts of video storytelling (referencing, story forms, non-traditional video work, etc.)
    Find an example of a good journalistic video on the Web. What makes this story worthy of being told through video (as opposed to still photos and/or text)? What has the creator of the video done to bring the story to life? And how might the video or story be improved? (Be sure to link to or embed the original video in your blog post.)
    Week 14; 11/14-11/18
    [No class meeting. Work on your assignments.] What you will do differently next time you put together a video story to make it better than the first one you did? Be sure to cite specific ideas from the readings as well as specific pieces of feedback your received.
    Week 11; 11/21-11/25 ** THANKSGIVING BREAK **
    Week 15; 11/28-12/2

    TV NEWS-STYLE VIDEO PACKAGE (A) DUE; In-class feedback/critique.

    Multimedia in a breaking news context

    Studio/control room tour. Discussion on behind-the-scenes production and longer-form video interviewing.
    Week 16; 12/5-12/9

    TV NEWS-STYLE VIDEO PACKAGE (B)* DUE;

    Emerging tools/forms/trends in journalism

    MOBILE JOURNALISM ASSIGNMENT DUE (A);
    In-class feedback/critique.
    What could/should journalists be doing (that they aren’t already) to better connect their journalism with its potential audiences? In coming up with ideas, be sure to consider how people like you live and get information every day. Feel free to include examples you’ve seen online or elsewhere.
    Week 17; 12/12-12/16 MOBILE JOURNALISM ASSIGNMENT DUE (B) What can be done to maximize the benefits and overcome the drawbacks of covering news with mobile devices instead of traditional reporting tools?
    (and read this list of 5 tips for reporters entering the digital journalism world)
    Finals week FINAL EXAM PERIOD: Thursday, Dec. 15, 7:30-9:30 a.m.
    MULTIMEDIA REPORTER INTERVIEW ASSIGNMENT DUE BY START OF PERIOD.

    ----------Posted on August 10, 2014 by in 7802

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