• 4992 Schedule: Fall 2017

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    Week 1

    DATE: August 21 — NO CLASS — Enjoy the eclipse!

    Source: NASA Tumblr

    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 to the team.

    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.

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    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 28

    Topics/Subjects: Demo past projects and e-portfolios; discuss applied research options for your client, share thoughts on innovation in journalism.

    Convergence News of the Week leader: Mike McKean

    *News of the Week topics should focus broadly on journalism and digital media, but the specifics are yours to choose.  Three to four 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.

    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.  In it’s place, each team will create a post for the RJI website that targets media professionals who may be interested in learning about your project and applying lessons learned to their own operations.  Consult with me and your project mentor for details.  

    *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.  

    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:

    Yutao (Todd) Chen — http://www.yutaochen.com/
    Jon Doty — http://jond.tv/
    Rachel Foster-Gimbel — https://rachelfostergimbel.com/
    Anel Ganic — http://www.anelganic.com/
    Hailey Godburn — http://haileygodburn.com/
    Grace Hase — http://gracehase.weebly.com/
    Danielle Hogerty — http://daniellehogerty.org/
    Kaveh Kardan — https://kkardan18.wixsite.com/portfolio
    Claire Kopsky — http://clairekopsky.com
    Xin Liu — http://www.xinliu.news/
    Calli Luna — http://calliluna.com/
    Zack Newman — http://www.zackrnewman.com/
    Uliana Pavlova – http://www.ulianapavlova.com
    Mengtong (Miko) Qian — http://www.mengtongqian.com
    George Schramm — http://schrammgeorge.com
    Dorothy Sedovic — http://dorothysedovic.com/
    Megan Sheets — https://www.megansheets.com/
    Mitchel Summers — http://www.mitchelsummers.com/
    Kexin (Jennifer) Sun — http://www.jennifer2018.com/
    Jingyue (Joyce) Tao — http://mujoycetao.com/
    Chelsea Vaughn — https://chelseakv.wordpress.com/
    Songxin Xie — http://songxinxie.com/
    Huiqi (VK) Xu — http://www.huiqixu.com/

    Plus a couple from the previous semester for your consideration:

    Micheala Sosby — https://michealasosby.github.io/
    Shuya Zheng – http://www.zhengshuya.com/

    Applied research: 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.

    Breaking News (the future of fake news),” Radiolab, July 27, 2017

    Assignments Due

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

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

    Week 3

    DATE: September 4 — NO CLASS — Labor Day

    Assignments Due

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

    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.

    Week 4

    DATE: September 11

    Convergence News of the Week leader:  Katie Parkins

    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

    Technical innovations:

    An Uncertain Road: Life after Premature Birth,” KBIA, March 23, 2016.

    Harlem Heat Project,” WNYC, Summer 2016

    Game of Genomes,” Carl Zimmer, STAT, 2017

    Does longform journalism have a future?

    Narratively — “Human  stories, boldly told.”

    Longreads

    The Riveter — “Riveting Storytelling by Women”

    Innovations in native advertising:

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

    Assignments Due

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

    Week 5

    DATE: September 18

    Convergence News of the Week leader: Katelyn Brown

    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, Prezzi — whichever presentation tool you like.  Each team will have 15-20 minutes.  Please invite your mentor and client, if available.

    Assignments Due

    Written team update posted to your Slack page under the #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 25

    Convergence News of the Week leader: Brooke Semke

    Topics/Subjects: 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 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 6.

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

    Week 7

    DATE: October 2

    Convergence News of the Week leader: Alex Li

    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

    Portfolio scaffolding link due this Friday the 6th.

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

    Week 8

    DATE: October 9

    Convergence News of the Week leader:  Jasmine Li

    Topics/Subjects: Recap from ONA 2017

    Readings/Related Media

    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: October 16 — NO CLASS — Attend an Honor Medalist master class and write about it.

    Times and places: TBD

    Winners of the 2017 Missouri School of Journalism Honor Medal:

    Cheryl Berman — CEO and Chief Creative Officer, unbundled
    Margaret Engel — Director, Alicia Patterson Foundation
    Mary Anne Golon — Director of Photography, The Washington Post
    Asma Khalid — NPR technology reporter and editor
    Leonard Pitts — Columnist, The Miami Herald
    Jack Smith — Former Group President, Leo Burnett Worldwide

    More information can be found here.

    Assignments Due

    Write 1-2 page reflection on one of the Honor Medalist master classes you attended.  Due Friday at 5 pm.

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

    Week 10

    DATE: October 23

    Convergence News of the Week leader:  Emily Shepherd

    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 15-20 minutes.  Please invite your mentor 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 the #weeklyupdates channel is due by start of class next Monday.

    Week 11

    DATE: October 30

    Convergence News of the Week leader: Aleissa Bleyl

    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.  Taylor Nakagawa, Maria Magner and Natarajan Mahalingam — a team that created skills for the AP in Randy Smith’s entrepreneurial journalism class — will join us for a demo.  Compare to last week’s project update from our RJI Alexa team.

    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

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

    Week 12

    DATE: November 6

    Convergence News of the Week leader: Lydia Nusbaum

    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 1989

    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 me by 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 13

    DATE: November 13 — Mike at SEC Pitch Competition; class led today by RJI Futures Lab Director Ebony Reed

    Convergence News of the Week leaderKatie Hughes

    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

    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

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

    Assignments Due

    Extra credit opportunity: Submit to me via Slack DM a topic suitable for discussion during class after Thanksgiving Break.  Deadline is Thursday, November 16 at 5 pm. 

    No team report due next Monday.

    Week 14

    DATE: Week of November 20 — NO CLASS — Thanksgiving Break

    Week 15

    DATE: November 27

    Convergence News of the Week leader: Lydia Birt

    Topics/Subjects: Student-chosen topic(s) based on your suggestions

    Assignments Due

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

    Week 16

    DATE: December 4 — Last Class Period

    Convergence News of the Week leader: Lauren Wrigley

    Topics/Subjects: Course Evaluations, J-School Online Assessment and “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

    Submit the link to the final version of your e-portfolio by this Friday, December 8 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

    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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