• 4992 Schedule: Spring 2018

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    Please note that we have split the class this semester into two sections, one that begins at 3:00 p.m. and a second that begins at 4:00 p.m.  

    Section 1: Members of these teams: Cincinnati Magazine, Women’s sports, Fader 360, Automated writing, Snap the Vote and Women of color

    Section 2: Members of these teams: Green Duck Lounge, Student athletes, Vox planning, Berkshire Edge, The Obvious Question and AdZou: Tech

    Week 1

    DATE: January 15 — NO CLASS — Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

    Assignments Due

    Meet in person or virtually with your client and mentor(s) to plan initial project activities, including preliminary research and priority assignments for the team.

    Set up your project Slack account for team communication.  You may find it easier and more efficient to download the Slack app for your laptop and/or phone rather than use the Slack web interface.  Invite Mike, your client and mentor(s) to the team.  Please make this a separate Slack account.  Do NOT add your project as a channel to the main capstone Slack.

    Written team update posted to your Slack page under a #weeklyupdates channel is due by start of class next Monday.

    Digitally sign the “Authorization to Publish” form (FERPA release) and the equipment checkout form.

    You must use Safari or Firefox.

    2. Enter your Pawprint and password, click Enter.
    3. Select SCHOOL OF JOURNALISM RJI EQUIPMENT LAB.
    4. Select 4992.  Click View.
    5. Read the document, then click Accept.
    6. Do the same with the 4992 FERPA release form.
    You can download or email a copy of the forms to yourself.

    Week 2

    DATE: January 22

    Convergence News of the Week leader, Section 1: Taylor Banks & Hannah Sandfeld
    Convergence News of the Week leader, Section 2: Zechang Fu & Landon Jones

    *News of the Week topics should focus broadly on journalism and digital media, but the specifics are yours to choose.  Two-three per student.  Send topic links by early Sunday evening to the #mondayclassdiscussion channel on the Capstone Conversations Slack.  I encourage you to consider as part of the mix stories that reflect on issues of diversity and inclusion that are important to journalists, audiences and you personally.

    Topics/Subjects: Demo past projects

    Discuss project mini-deadlines and final presentations. How to present your project findings. We’ll briefly discuss what worked and what didn’t.

    *Check Slack for an invitation from me to view the final presentations and reports from last semester via my Box account.  If you cannot find the invitation, please let me know.  

    Assignments Due

    Written team update posted to your Slack page under the #weeklyupdates channel is due by start of class next Monday.

    Week 3

    DATE: January 29

    Convergence News of the Week leader, Section 1: Drew Mathieu & Shannon Sankey
    Convergence News of the Week leader, Section 2: Meiying Wu & Matt Horn

    Topics/Subjects: Applied Research and Your Project

    How to assess the market for a new or improved media service using SWOT. Discuss esearch methods appropriate to our projects, including content analysis, in-depth interviews, focus groups and surveys (online vs. phone). Conducting a quality online survey with our SurveyMonkey account.

    Readings/Related Media

    SWOT Analysis,” Alan Chapman (businessballs.com)

    “Preparing an Online Questionnaire — How to Conduct an Online Survey,” from QuestionPro.com

    SurveyMonkey.com – Ask Mike for the login ID and password. We’ll look at a couple of examples for good and not-so-good execution.

    You can also use the university’s Qualtrics survey portal, if you prefer.

    Assignments Due

    Written team update posted to your Slack page under a the #weeklyupdates channel is due by start of class next Monday.

    Confer with Mike, your mentor(s) and client about research strategies appropriate for your project.

    Extra credit opportunity: Send me via Slack DM a draft of your personal branding statement by start of class next Monday.

    Week 4

    DATE: February 5

    Convergence News of the Week leader, Section 1: Lexie Stoker & Rayna Sims
    Convergence News of the Week leader, Section 2: Kori Clay & Sybil Wang

    Topics/Subjects: Personal branding and e-portfolio review

    We’ll discuss the importance of personal branding and conduct a brief, in-class exercise in defining your brand (guess who wrote it) and go over the criteria for evaluating your e-portfolios.

    Refining your e-portfolio: what’s expected, good and less good examples from previous semesters.

    Readings/Related Media

    Evaluating your E-portfolio 

    10-Step Personal Branding Worksheet

    Why Linked In is the Only Personal Branding Resource You Need – Forbes

    Here are last semester’s portfolios:

    Lydia Birt — http://lfbtz4.wixsite.com/lydiabirt
    Aleissa Bleyl — https://aleissableyl.com
    Katelyn Brown — https://katelynmbrown.com
    Katie Hughes — https://www.katherinehughes.net
    Alex Li — https://www.alexli.site
    Heng Li — https://www.hengli.space
    Lydia Nusbaum — https://lydianusbaum.wixsite.com/portfolio
    Katie Parkins — https://www.katieparkins.com
    Brooke Semke — https://brookesemke.com
    Emily Shepherd — https://www.emilyroseshepherd.com
    Lauren Wrigley — https://www.laurenwrigley.com

    Plus a couple from the previous semesters for your consideration:

    Yutao (Todd) Chen — http://www.yutaochen.com/
    Micheala Sosby — https://michealasosby.github.io/
    Shuya Zheng – http://www.zhengshuya.com/

    Assignments Due

    Submit link to your e-portfolio (must include basic scaffolding for site) by 5 pm Friday, March 2.

    Written team update posted to your Slack page under the #weeklyupdates channel is due by start of class next Monday.

    Week 5

    DATE: February 12

    Topics/Subjects: Team Research Presentations

    Presentations should include visuals, slide decks and focus on your research findings as well as early production.  Use PowerPoint, Keynote, Google Docs — whichever presentation tool you like.  Each team will have 7-8 minutes.  Please invite your mentor and client to attend in person or via Zoom/Skype, if available.

    Assignments Due

    Extra credit opportunity: Send to Ebony Reed and me via Slack DM the best, worst or most revealing question you’ve been asked by a job interviewer.  Get it to us by the beginning of class next Monday.

    Written team update posted to your Slack page under the #weeklyupdates channel is due by start of class next Monday.

    Week 6

    DATE: February 19

    Convergence News of the Week leader, Section 1: Amber Sipe & Maoyan Wei
    Convergence News of the Week leader, Section 2: Lauren Magarino & Kevin Ko

    Topics/Subjects: Interviewing for a job, a promotion or to win a new client.  Guest presenter: Ebony Reed.

    Includes role-playing of typical interview and pitch scenarios.

    Readings/Related Media

    How to bring out the best in the Millennial generation?” Olive Keogh, The Irish Times, September 22, 2017 — Does this describe you?  Is it a stereotype of millennials in the workplace?

    Job Interview Tips,” The Huffington Post (a compendium of articles on the subject)

    The One Question You Should Ask About Every New Job,” Adam Grant, The New York Times, December 19, 2015

    How to Talk About Your Weaknesses (video),” Forbes, October 20, 2014

    Assignments Due

    Extra credit opportunity: Send me via Slack DM an example of an in-depth digital media package you are particularly impressed with.  Do it by 10 pm Sunday.

    Written team update posted to your Slack page under the #weeklyupdates channel is due by start of class next Monday.

    Week 7

    DATE: February 26

    Convergence News of the Week leader, Section 1: Alex Li & Kelly Palecek
    Convergence News of the Week leader, Section 2: Cecilia Cao & Kyle Veidt

    Topics/Subjects: Critiquing innovative and award-winning digital news

    Readings/Related Media

    Explanatory journalism:

    The Sunni-Shia Divide,” Council on Foreign Relations, February 2016

    Vanishing,” CNN Digital, December 2016

    Compelling audio and visuals:

    The Downloaders,” Verdens Gang (Norway), 2016

    Future Cities,” Dutch journalism collaborative, 2017

    Tainted Water, Little Hope,” The Washington Post, March 4, 2016

    What It’s Like to Face a 150 M.P.H Tennis Serve,” The New York Times, July 10, 2015

    Game of Genomes,” Carl Zimmer, STAT, 2017

    Innovations in native advertising:

    The New York Times’ T Brand Studio — high-end native advertising

    Assignments Due

    Portfolio scaffolding link due this Friday, March 2.

    Written team update posted to your Slack page under the #weeklyupdates channel is due by start of class next Monday.

    Week 8

    DATE: March 5

    Convergence News of the Week leader, Section 1: Sarah Sabatke & Lauren Wortman
    Convergence News of the Week leader, Section 2: Marlee Baldridge & Anna Kohls

    Topics/Subjects:  Writing your team’s short take for RJI. What we look for, examples of posts that work.  Led by RJI Communications Director Brian Steffens.

    Assignments Due

    Written team update posted to your Slack page under the #weeklyupdates channel is due by start of class next Monday.

    Week 9

    DATE: March 12

    Convergence News of the Week leader, Section 1: Natalie Edelstein & Janie Matthews
    Convergence News of the Week leader, Section 2: Collin Krabbe & Courtney Manning

    Topics/Subjects: Open to allow for more News of the Week time or to fill with emerging topics and J-School guests

    Assignments Due

    Written team update posted to your Slack page under the #weeklyupdates channel is due by start of class next Monday.

    Week 10

    DATE: March 19

    Topics/Subjects: Second project presentations 

    Presentations should include visuals, slide decks and focus on your research findings as well as early production.  Use PowerPoint, Keynote, Google Docs  — whichever presentation tool you like.  Each team will have 7-8 minutes. Please invite your mentor and client to attend in person or via Zoom/Skype, if available.

    Invitation to meet with Mike as a team to discuss end-of-semester strategies and issues.

    Assignments Due

    Written team update posted to your Slack page under the #weeklyupdates channel is due by start of class next Monday.

    Week 11

    DATE: March 26 — NO CLASS — Spring Break!

    Assignments Due

    No written team update due this coming Monday because of Spring Break

    Week 12

    DATE: April 2

    Convergence News of the Week leader, Section 1: Marilyn Haigh & Jennifer Prohov
    Convergence News of the Week leader, Section 2: Rosie Belson, Hannah Haynes & Trevor Hook

    Topics/Subjects: Open to allow for more News of the Week time or to fill with emerging topics and J-School guests

    Assignments Due

    Written team update posted to your Slack page under the #weeklyupdates channel is due by start of class next Monday.

    Week 13

    DATE: April 9

    Convergence News of the Week leader, Section 1: Waverly Colville & Falyn Page
    Convergence News of the Week leader, Section 2: Abby Ivory-Ganja & Lauren Langdon

    Topics/Subjects: Voice computing and its application to news

    We’ll demo and critique Amazon Alexa “skills” and discuss the future of voice as a means of interacting with news and information content.

    Readings/Related Media

    Nicole Nguyen, “The Fight Over Voice: Why Tech’s Top Companies Are Battling It Out To Listen In,” BuzzFeed News, June 2, 2017.

    Will Mayo, “Why Publishers Need to Capitalize On Voice Computing,” Parse.ly, March 17, 2017.

    Jennifer Nelson, “What a daily newspaper and its parent company are learning as staff experiment with Amazon Alexa,” RJIonline, July 13, 2017.

    Amila Aguilar, “Journalists, Let’s Create Stories for Alexa,” MediaShift, June 5, 2017.

    Arielle Pardes, “Amazon Imagines a Future of Infinite Computing Power,” Wired, June 7, 2017.

    Penelope Green, “Alexa, Where Have You Been All My Life?,” The New York Times, July 11, 2017.

    Assignments Due

    No team report due next Monday.

    Week 14

    DATE: April 16

    Convergence News of the Week leader, Section 1: Char’Nese Turner & Lily Cusack
    Convergence News of the Week leader, Section 2: Nina Ruhe & Gabe Dubois

    Topics/Subjects: Open to allow for more News of the Week time or to fill with emerging topics and J-School guests

    Week 15

    DATE: April 24 — NO CLASS — Attend and write a two-page reflection on one of the sessions in the 2018 RJI Tech Showcase (schedule to come)

    Assignments Due

    Tech Showcase reflection due via Slack DM by start of class next Monday.

    Written team update posted to your Slack page under the #weeklyupdates channel is due by start of class next Monday.

    Week 16

    DATE: April 30 — Last Class Period

    Topics/Subjects: The Future of Convergence Journalism at Mizzou

    The school is getting ready to implement what could be some big changes. What happens to “convergence journalism?”  What advice do you have for re-organizing, re-focusing and improving our curriculum?

    Assignments Due

    Complete course evaluations online.  You should receive a link via email from the MU Assessment Resource Center (ARC).

    Submit the link to the final version of your e-portfolio by this Friday, May 4th at 5 p.m.  We will send that link to outside assessors who will provide you and the school with feedback.

    Week 17

    DATE: Week of December 11 — Finals Week

    Final project presentations will be made in the 3rd floor conference room of the Reynolds Journalism Institute.

    Put projects teams and times here.

    Assignments Due

    PowerPoint file, Google Doc presentation or another equivalent format; RJI “short take” and personal reflection due by 5 pm Thursday.

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