• 4992 Schedule: Fall 2016

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    Week 1

    DATE: August 22

    Topics/Subjects: Demo past projects and e-portfolios

    Convergence News of the Week leader: Mike McKean

    Digital News Report 2016,” Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, June 14, 2016. Look at interactive charts.

    Times shuts down NYT Now mobile app,” Ken Doctor, Politico, August 18, 2016

    Discuss project mini-deadlines and final presentations. What is the research component of the project?  Keeping the class current on developments in convergence journalism.  How to present your project findings. We’ll briefly discuss what worked and what didn’t.

    We have done away with the personal, weekly blogging assignment that has been a routine part of this course from its inception.  In it’s place, each team will create one or more posts for the RJI website that target media professionals who may be interested in learning about your projects and applying lessons learned to their own operations.  How many posts and their content will depend on the nature of each project.  Consult with me and your project mentor for details.  

    *Check your email 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.  

    Getting started on your e-portfolio. What goes into one? Why do you need one? How do you make one? Where do you host it?

    Here are our guidelines for Evaluating Your ePortfolio.  Make sure yours meets the standards.

    Here are last semester’s portfolios:

    Jason Boatright
    Marie Bowman
    Anna Brugmann
    Maria Davison
    Ashton Day
    Maria (Di Bianca) Cavins
    Danielle Dieterich
    Caty Eisterhold
    Kaileen Gaul
    Rebecca Greenway
    Katie Grunik
    Katherine Hambrick
    Jack Howard
    Kamila Jambulatova
    Sangyoon Jeong  
    Allison Ladd
    Hannah Lazo
    Siyu Lei
    Meghan Le Vota
    Jessie Martin
    Josh Matejka
    Cara McClain
    Emma Nicolas
    Juntao (Tony) Peng
    Josephine Peterson
    Maddie Ptacin
    Lindsey Pulse
    Hannah Smith
    Kara Tabor
    Ross Terrell
    Daniela Vidal
    Deme Walls

    Assignments Due

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

    Set up your 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.  You can set up private channels or use DMs for any communications you don’t want me, one of your mentors or clients to see.

    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 to:

    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: August 29

    Convergence News of the Week leaders: Samantha Kummerer and Yili Liu

    Topics/Subjects: Conducting applied research

    *Announce kickoff for 2017 RJI Student Competition: “mobile intelligence”

    Assessing the market for a new or improved media service using SWOT. Research 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

    Work with Mike and your client/mentors to design a research plan for your project.

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

    Week 3

    DATE: Week of September 5 — No Class — Labor Day Holiday

    Work on your first team presentation.

    Week 4

    DATE: September 12

    Topics/Subjects: Training on the Banjo social listening tool, initial research presentations 

    Banjo is a powerful tool for social listening that many newsrooms in the U.S. and elsewhere are using to monitor breaking news and discover sources.  Josh Vernon, head of the company’s university program, will take us through a quick exercise on how to use the J-School’s Banjo account.

    Your presentations should include visuals, slide decks and focus on your research plans as well as any early production.  Use PowerPoint, Keynote, Google Docs — whichever presentation tool you like.  Each team will have 10 minutes.  Please invite your mentor and client, if available.

    Assignments Due

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

    Week 5

    DATE: September 19

    Convergence News of the Week leader:  Brendan McDermott and Mary McIntyre

    Topics/Subjects: Why are traditional news organizations having such problems attracting digital audiences?

    A deep dive into the latest journalism and media survey from the Pew Research Center.

    Readings/Related Media

    The Modern News Consumer,” Amy Mitchell et al, Pew Research Center, July 7, 2016.

    Want to Attract More Readers? Try Listening to Them,” Liz Spayd, Public Editor, The New York Times, July 9, 2016.

    Assignments Due

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

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

    Week 6

    DATE: September 26

    Convergence News of the Week leader: Amanda Byler

    Topics/Subjects: Job search strategies, personal branding and e-portfolio review

    Readings/Related Media

    Evaluating your E-portfolio 

    10-Step Personal Branding Worksheet

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

    We’ll discuss job resources for career opportunities in journalism and related fields, 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.

    Assignments Due

    Submit link to your e-portfolio (must include basic scaffolding for site) by 5 pm Friday, October 15.

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

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

    Week 7

    DATE: October 3

    Convergence News of the Week leader: Claire Banderas

    Topics/Subjects: Interviewing for a job, a promotion or to win a new client

    Includes role-playing of typical interview and pitch scenarios.

    Readings/Related Media

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

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

    Ten Questions to Answer Before Pitching Investors,” Jane Porter, Entrepreneur.com

    Compost-Fueled Cars: Wouldn’t That be Great?” Onion Talks, October 17, 2012

    Assignments Due

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

    Week 8

    DATE: October 10

    Convergence News of the Week leader:  Lindsay Gloor

    Topics/Subjects: Engaging, long-form journalism (and advertising)

    Readings/Related Media

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

    Check 2016,” Newsy, 2015-present

    The Outlaw Ocean,” Ian Urbina, The New York Times, July 25, 2015

    Unsolved: A murdered teen, a 40-year mystery,” Gina Barton, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, November 4, 2015

    Till Death Do Us Part,” Doug Pardue, Glenn Smith, Jennifer Berry Hawes and Natalie Caula Hauff, Charleston (SC) Post and Courier, August 2014

    Firestorm,” Jon Henley et al, The Guardian, May 22, 2013

    Focus: North Korea,” David Guttenfelder, AP, 2013

    Sit Back, Relax, and Read That Long Story — On Your Phone,” Megan Garber, The Atlantic, January 21, 2014

    Narratively — “Human  stories, boldly told.”

    Longreads — The Top 5 Longreads of the Week

    Riveter: Longform Journalism by Women, for Women,” Nieman Storyboard, July 20, 2015

    Women Inmates Separate But Not Equal,” New York Times Brand Studio (Paid Post by Netflix), June 13, 2014

    The Scarecrow (film and game),” Chipotle, September 2013

    Honest Scarecrow,” Funny or Die, September 18, 2013

    What Does ‘The Scarecrow’ Tell Us About Chipotle?,” Elizabeth Weiss, The New Yorker, September 23, 2013

    American Press Institute’s Sponsored content/Native advertising page

    Assignments Due

    E-portfolio scaffolding due this Friday, October 15th, at 5 pm.

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

    Week 9

    DATE: Week of October 17 — No Class

    Instead, attend (at least) one of the master classes presented by the School of Journalism’s 2016 Honor Medalists tomorrow (Tuesday, October 18) and write a one-two page reflection on what you saw and heard.

    9-9:15 — Janice Min, Smith Forum
    9:30-10:45 — Tony Messenger, TBD
    11-12:15 — Mosaic Center, Fisher Auditorium
    2-3:15 — Rich Clarkson, Smith Forum
    2-3:15 — POV Films, Palmer Room
    3:30-4:45 — Politico, Middlebush Auditorium

    If you are absolutely unable to attend one of these sessions, write a similar reflection about another media-related speaker, group meeting, etc. you personally took part in this week.

    Assignments Due

    Written reflection from medalist master class emailed or sent by DM through class Slack channel by start of class next Monday.

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

    Week 10

    DATE: October 24 

    Convergence News of the Week leaders: CiCi Chen and Yinzi Zeng

    Topics/Subjects: The State of Online Documentaries. Guest lecturer: Stacey Woelfel, Director, Murray Center for Documentary Journalism

    Readings/Related Media

    New York Times Documentaries Channel

    New York Times Op-Docs Video Channel

    PBS Frontline

    Mediastorm

    ESPN 30 for 30

    WRAL-TV: “Enough is eNOugh

    DPTV: Denver Post Films

    Vice Media’s Vice Reports

    Documentary Tube

    Fandor

    SundanceNow Doc Club

    Short of the Week

    Serial — a docu-series podcast from the makers of This American Life

    99% Invisible

    NPR’s Invisibilia

    Tramsom

    Third Coast International Audio Festival

    National Film Board of Canada — standard and interactive docs

    IDFA’s DocLab

    Clouds Over Cuba,” John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum, 2012

    Hollow — an interactive, online documentary about small-town America

    Prison Valley

    After 6/4 : Comparing Chinese and western media perspectives on Tiananmen Square 1969

    Spent: Looking for Change,” documentary sponsored by American Express, June 2014

    A ‘Docu-Ad’ Looks at Hardship of Those Without Bank Access,” Stuart Elliott, The New York Times, June 3, 2014

    Assignments Due

    Written team update posted to your Slack page under a #weeklyupdates channel is due by start of class next Monday.  Extra credit opportunity: Send Mike a link via Slack DM to one innovative piece of news video for use in next week’s class discussion.

    Week 11

    DATE: October 31 — Happy Halloween!

    Convergence News of the Week leader: Ginger Hervey 

    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, Prezzi — whichever presentation tool you like.  Each team will have 10 minutes.  Please invite your mentor(s) and client, 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 a #weeklyupdates channel is due by start of class next Monday.

    Week 12

    DATE: November 7

    Convergence News of the Week leaders: Fan Feng and Shuya Zheng

    Topics/Subjects: How much (quality) online video can news organizations produce and monetize?

    Readings/Related Media

    As Online Video Surges, Publishers Turn to Automation,” John Herrman, The New York Times, July 10, 2016.

    Live Streaming Breaks Through, and Cable News Has Much to Fear,” Farad Manjoo, The New York Times, July 13, 2016.

    What is Happening to Television News?,” Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism,  April 6, 2016

    Assignments Due

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

    Extra credit opportunity: send me suggested topic for next week’s class by this Thursday, November 10th, at 5 pm.

    Week 13

    DATE: November 14

    Convergence News of the Week leader: Micheala Sosby

    Topics/Subjects: Holding open for breaking news or other developing topics.

    Assignments Due

    No team report due next Monday.

    Week 14

    DATE: Week of November 21 — No Class — Thanksgiving Break!

    Week 15

    DATE: November 28 

    Convergence News of the Week leaders: Stephen Dawson and Sarah Kellogg

    Topics/Subjects: New Mobile Technologies and Their Impact on Journalism: Wearables, Drones, Augmented Reality, Near-Field Communications

    Assignments Due

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

    Week 16

    DATE: December 5 — Last Class Period

    Convergence News of the Week leader: Emily Rackers

    Topics/Subjects: Course Evaluations and “The Future of Convergence Journalism at Mizzou”

    The school is wrapping up its strategic plan and 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

    Submit the link to the final version of your e-portfolio by this Friday, December 9th at 5 p.m.  We will send that link to outside assessors who will provide you and the school with feedback in coming weeks.

    Week 17

    DATE: Week of December 12 — Finals Week

    Project presentations to be scheduled individually based on availability of all interested stakeholders.  All presentations will be made in the 3rd floor conference room of the Reynolds Journalism Institute.

    Assignments Due

    PowerPoint file or Google Doc presentation (or another equivalent format), full written report, RJI “short take” and personal reflection due by 5 pm the day of your presentation.

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