• 4992 Schedule: Spring 2016

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    Week 1

    DATE: Week of January 18 — NO CLASS — Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

    Assignments Due

    Meet in person or virtually with your client(s) and mentor(s) 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(s) and mentor(s).  You can set up private channels or use DMs for 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.

    Week 2

    DATE: January 25

    Topics/Subjects: Demo past projects and e-portfolios

    Convergence News of the Week leaders: Jason Boatright and Katie Grunik

    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.

    *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:

    Maggie Angst
    Natasha Brewer
    Sarah Darby
    Eliza Davidson
    Sam Healey
    Bell Johnson
    Ryan Levi
    Berkeley Lovelace
    Shelby Mann
    Chris Mathews
    Mary Kate Metivier
    Taylor Nakagawa
    Emerald O’Brien
    Aaron Pellish
    Haley Reed
    Kristin Rohlwing
    Lauren Slome
    Hellen Tian
    Susu Yan

    Assignments Due

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

    Sign “Authorization to Publish” form.

    To check out equipment this semester, you need to digitally sign the user agreement in our new checkout system:

    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.
    You can download or email a copy of the form to yourself.

    Week 3

    DATE: February 1

    Convergence News of the Week leaders: Cara McClain and Emma Nicolas

    Topics/Subjects: Conducting applied research

    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

    Survey Design Tips,” also 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 4

    DATE: February 8

    ***No class today, Mike is in Indonesia.  Instead, attend one of two presentations tomorrow by Nikole Hannah-Jones, author of the Pro Publica series “Segregation Now: Investigating America’s Racial Divide.”

    Nikole will speak with the J-4450 reporting class from 9:30-10:45 am (place TBA) and in an open session at 4:00 pm (you are invited: place TBA).  Please send me a one-page reflection to document your attendance.  If you are unable to make either time, please contact me and I will give you an alternative assignment.

    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: February 15 

    Convergence News of the Week leaders: Kaileen Gaul, Jack Howard and Josh Matejka

    Topics/Subjects: Initial research presentations from these teams: BBC, Climate Adaptation, Apple Watch, RYOT, Philafy 

    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(s) and clients, 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 6

    DATE: February 22

    Convergence News of the Week leaders:  Maria Davison, Tony Peng and Jessie Martin

    Topics/Subjects: Initial research presentations from these teams: Business Beat, Access Missouri, Newsy Snapchat, Social Trust and Beyond Belief

    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(s) and clients, 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 7

    DATE: February 29 — Happy Leap Year!

    Convergence News of the Week leaders: Rebecca Greenway, Hannah Lazo and Daniela Vidal

    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, March 11.

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

    Week 8

    DATE: March 7

    Convergence News of the Week leaders:  
    Sang Jeong, Siyu Lei and Danielle Dieterich

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

    Readings/Related Media

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

    NSA Files: Decoded,” Ewen Macaskill et al, The Guardian, November 1, 2013

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

    Decoding the Kennedy Assassination,” Jason Fields et al, Digital First Media, November 18, 2013

    Surge in Mobile News Consumption Predicts Troubling Future for Long-form Journalism,” Hillel Italie, Huffington Post, April 29, 2015.

    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: Longford 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

    ‘Don’t Trick Them; Don’t Piss Them Off’: The Sponsored Content Debate Heats Up,” Jordan Teicher, Contently, June 24, 2014

    Assignments Due

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

    Week 9

    DATE: March 14 

    Convergence News of the Week leaders: Hannah Smith, Josephine Peterson and Lindsey Pulse

    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.

    Week 10

    DATE: March 21 

    Convergence News of the Week leaders: Anna Brugmann, Bita Eghbali and Ross Terrell

    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

    Team ShortCut presentation from RJI Student Competition, April 22, 2014

    Assignments Due

    No team report due next week.

    Week 11

    DATE: Week of March 28 — NO CLASS — Spring Break!

    Week 12

    DATE: April 4

    Convergence News of the Week leaders: Kamila Jambulatova, Kara Tabor and Deme Walls

    Topics/Subjects: Second project presentations from these teams: BBC, Climate Adaptation, Apple Watch, RYOT, Philafy

    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.

    Assignments Due

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

    Week 13

    DATE: April 13

    Convergence News of the Week leadersAshton Day and Meghan Le Vota

    Topics/Subjects: Second project presentations from these teams: Business Beat, Access Missouri, Newsy Snapchat, Social Trust, Beyond Belief

    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.

    Assignments Due

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

    Week 14

    DATE: Week of April 18

    Convergence News of the Week leaders: Katherine Hambrick, Caty Eisterhold and Maddie Ptacin

    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 15

    DATE: April 25 

    Convergence News of the Week leaders: Allie Ladd and Marie Bowman

    Topics/Subjects: Planning big changes at the Missouri School of Journalism: your thoughts.  

    What happens to “convergence journalism?”  What advice do you have for re-organizing, re-focusing and improving our curriculum?

    Mike is giving the capstone preview to 4806 students from 9-9:50.  Amy Simons will be here for News of the Week and the beginning of the curriculum discussion.

    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: May 2 — Last Class Period

    Convergence News of the Week leaders: Maria Di Bianca and Soo Rin Kim

    Topics/Subjects: Course Evaluations

    Assignments Due

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

    Week 17

    DATE: Week of May 9

    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, Google Doc presentation (or equivalent format), full, written report and personal reflection due by 5 pm the day of your presentation.

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